Friday, August 28, 2009

Rockefeller (D) Concocts Vague Internet-Siezure Bill

Of COURSE it is vague and indecipherable. It's meant to be that way.

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 of S.773 (excerpt), which still appears to permit the president to seize temporary control of private-sector networks during a so-called cybersecurity emergency

..."I think the redraft, while improved, remains troubling due to its vagueness," said Larry Clinton, president of the Internet Security Alliance, which counts representatives of Verizon, Verisign, Nortel, and Carnegie Mellon University on its board. "It is unclear what authority Sen. Rockefeller thinks is necessary over the private sector. Unless this is clarified, we cannot properly analyze, let alone support the bill."

Like, for example, what is a "cybersecurity emergency"? Would that be when some Conservative publishes something about Statism? or Fascism?


Neo-Con Tastic said...

Well, it only makes sense that after taking over the auto industry and financial industry, the media was next.

You can't be a fascist without having total control. DUH.

Anonymous said...

I hear we're all going to be paying five cents an email, collectable by the US Post Office. And Bill Gates has some money for us.