Bill would give Obama emergency control of Internet

Posted by DarthDilbert at 8/30/2009 02:43:00 PM

Internet companies and civil liberties groups were alarmed this spring when a U.S. Senate bill proposed handing the White House the power to disconnect private-sector computers from the Internet. They're not much happier about a revised version that aides to Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, have spent months drafting behind closed doors. CNET News has obtained a copy of the 55-page draft, which still appears to permit the president to seize temporary control of private-sector networks during a so-called cybersecurity emergency.

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The sponsor of the bill is Senator John D. Rockefeller IV (democRAT - WV), and the three co-sponsors are Senator Evan Bayh (democRAT - IN), Senator Bill Nelson (democRAT - FL), and Senator Olympia J. Snowe (RINO - ME). I guess they forgot about that old pesky First Amendment.

S. 773: Cybersecurity Act of 2009
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