Internet Kill Switch Reintroduced as Egypt Shuts Down the ‘Net

Internet Kill Switch Reintroduced as Egypt Shuts Down the
‘Net

January 31st, 2011

Gautham Nagesh, The Hill

The news of Egypt’s crackdown on Web access is raising new concerns over a
comprehensive cybersecurity bill that critics claim gives the president a “kill
switch” for the Internet.
Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) recently indicated
they plan to re-introduce their bipartisan legislation,
which passed the Senate Homeland Security Committee last year only to get mired
in a standoff with Senate Commerce Committee members over which panel should
have oversight of civilian cybersecurity.
Civil rights advocates such as the ACLU also raised concerns about the bill,
which they claim gives the president the ability to shut down the Web in the
event of a catastrophic cyber-attack.
Specifically, observers are concerned the new version of the bill will
reportedly not allow for judicial review when the administration shuts down a
network under attack.
Those concerns have been heightened by the Egyptian government’s move this
week to cut off communications amid ongoing protests against the regime of
President Hosni Mubarak. Both the U.S. government and Web firms like Facebook
have criticized the move.
“Those in Congress who have proposed an ‘Internet Kill Switch’ for the U.S.
should realize the danger of their proposal now that Egyptian President Mubarak
has flipped such a switch to stifle dissent in Egypt,” said Berin Szoka,
president of the libertarian think tank TechFreedom.
“This incident also demonstrates a more subtle point: Maintaining the rule of
law in times of crisis demands judicial review for the president’s decision to
designate something a ‘critical asset’ subject to government diktat in the name
of protecting ‘cybersecurity.’ ”
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Internet Access is Not a “Civil Right”

Internet Access is Not a “Civil Right”

December 22nd, 2010

Michelle Malkin, CNSNews.com

When bureaucrats talk about increasing our “access” to x, y or z,   what they’re really talking about is increasing exponentially their   control over our lives. As it is with the government health care   takeover, so it is with the newly approved government plan to “increase”   Internet “access.” Call it Webcare.

By a vote of 3-2, the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday   adopted a controversial scheme to ensure “net neutrality” by turning   unaccountable Democratic appointees into meddling online traffic cops.   The panel will devise convoluted rules governing internet service   providers, bandwidth use, content, prices and even disclosure details on  internet speeds.

The “neutrality” is brazenly undermined by preferential treatment   toward wireless broadband networks. Moreover, the FCC’s scheme is widely   opposed by Congress — and has already been rejected once in the   courts. Demonized industry critics have warned that the regulations will   stifle innovation and result in less access, not more.

Sound familiar? The parallels with health care are striking. The architects of Obamacare promised to….

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Obama Can Shut Down Internet For 4 Months Under New Emergency Powers

Obama Can Shut Down Internet For 4 Months Under New Emergency Powers

June 28th, 2010

Paul Joseph Watson, Prison Planet.com-

Obama Internet

President Obama will be handed the power to shut down the Internet for at least four months without Congressional oversight if the Senate votes for the infamous Internet ‘kill switch’ bill, which was approved by a key Senate committee yesterday and now moves to the floor.

The Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, which is being pushed hard by Senator Joe Lieberman, would hand absolute power to the federal government to close down networks, and block incoming Internet traffic from certain countries under a declared national emergency.

Despite the Center for Democracy and Technology and 23 other privacy and technology organizations sending letters to Lieberman and other backers of the bill expressing concerns that the legislation could be used to stifle free speech, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee passed in the bill in advance of a vote on the Senate floor.

In response to widespread criticism of the bill, language was added that would force the government to seek congressional approval to extend emergency measures beyond 120 days. Still, this would hand Obama the authority to shut down the Internet on a whim without Congressional oversight or approval for a period of no less than four months.

The Senators pushing the bill rejected the claim that the bill was a ‘kill switch’ for the Internet, not by denying that Obama would be given the authority to shut down the Internet as part of this legislation, but by arguing that he already had the power to do so.

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