Thursday, June 17, 2010

Bill Gives Obama Internet Kill-Switch

If you don't think the government is working to limit free speech, you haven't read S. 773

Read The Bill: S. 773 -

Some "highlights" of this bill:


(b) MANDATORY LICENSING- Beginning 3 years after the date of enactment of this Act, it shall be unlawful for any individual to engage in business in the United States, or to be employed in the United States, as a provider of cybersecurity services to any Federal agency or an information system or network designated by the President, or the President’s designee, as a critical infrastructure information system or network, who is not licensed and certified under the program.

Only individuals who are approved by the government can provide security to a designated "critical" system. What is a critical system? Anything they say it is. Who is willing to bet that people who disagree with the administration will have difficulty obtaining a license?


The President -

(2) may declare a cybersecurity emergency and order the limitation or shutdown of Internet traffic to and from any compromised Federal Government or United States critical infrastructure information system or network;

(6) may order the disconnection of any Federal Government or United States critical infrastructure information systems or networks in the interest of national security;

(8) may delegate original classification authority to the appropriate Federal official for the purposes of improving the Nation’s cybersecurity posture;

A cybersecurity emergency is whatever the President says it is. Critical infrastructure is whatever the President says it is. The interest of national security is whatever the President says it is. The President can also classify anything they are doing, to improve our "cybersecurity posture" (whatever the President wants to hide).


In this Act -

(2) CYBER- The term ‘cyber’ means--

(A) any process, program, or protocol relating to the use of the Internet or an intranet, automatic data processing or transmission, or telecommunication via the Internet or an intranet; and

(B) any matter relating to, or involving the use of, computers or computer networks.

So this concerns not just the Internet, but intranets (private networks) and any matters relating to the use of computers or computer networks? Well I sure am glad they limited the scope of this to uh, everything. Hurrah for limited government.

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