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    This is a story a saw on a news site. I was wondering what you thought about it:

    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.

    While media and public attention is overwhelmingly focused on the BP oil spill, the establishment is quietly preparing the framework that will allow Obama, or indeed any President who follows him, to bring down a technological iron curtain that will give the government a foot in the door on seizing complete control over the Internet.

    As we have illustrated, fears surrounding cybersecurity have been hyped to mask the real agenda behind the bill, which is to strangle the runaway growth of alternative and independent media outlets which are exposing government atrocities, cover-ups and cronyism like never before.



    what’s the problem? on 9/11 Bush grounded all flights, remember? in a national emergency, the Pres/govt should have the ability to protect the citizens. I for one don’t want some terrorist cyber attack to be able to take down the power grid for example, do you? “the real agenda”-Nareshkeit with a capital Nun

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    d a, I would not quote prisonplanet as a source for President Obama’s supposed agenda behind the internet “kill switch”. Alex Jones, who runs that website, has some rather unconventional beliefs. For example, he maintains that the Mossad either helped plan the 9/11 attacks, or knew about them and deliberately withheld that information from the US government (while warning Israeli citizens to stay away from the towers that day).

    For these and other reasons, I consider Senator Lieberman a much more reliable source regarding the President’s intentions.


    The proposal appears to do the exact opposite of what Alex Jones claims: It is designed to facilitate continued OPERATION of networks during emergencies! Below is an excerpt from the actual text of the bill. I guess this goes to show that one should never trust anti-Semites.


    `(a) Declaration-

    `(1) IN GENERAL- The President may issue a declaration of a national cyber emergency to covered critical infrastructure. Any declaration under this section shall specify the covered critical infrastructure subject to the national cyber emergency.

    `(2) NOTIFICATION- Upon issuing a declaration under paragraph (1), the President shall, consistent with the protection of intelligence sources and methods, notify the owners and operators of the specified covered critical infrastructure of the nature of the national cyber emergency.

    `(3) AUTHORITIES- If the President issues a declaration under paragraph (1), the Director shall–

    `(A) immediately direct the owners and operators of covered critical infrastructure subject to the declaration under paragraph (1) to implement response plans required under section 248(b)(2)(C);

    `(B) develop and coordinate emergency measures or actions necessary to preserve the reliable operation, and mitigate or remediate the consequences of the potential disruption, of covered critical infrastructure;

    `(C) ensure that emergency measures or actions directed under this section represent the least disruptive means feasible to the operations of the covered critical infrastructure;

    `(D) subject to subsection (f), direct actions by other Federal agencies to respond to the national cyber emergency;

    `(E) coordinate with officials of State and local governments, international partners of the United States, and private owners and operators of covered critical infrastructure specified in the declaration to respond to the national cyber emergency;

    `(F) initiate a process under section 248 to address the cyber vulnerability that may be exploited by the national cyber emergency; and

    `(G) provide voluntary technical assistance, if requested, under section 242(f)(1)(S).

    `(4) REIMBURSEMENT- A Federal agency shall be reimbursed for expenditures under this section from funds appropriated for the purposes of this section. Any funds received by a Federal agency as reimbursement for services or supplies furnished under the authority of this section shall be deposited to the credit of the appropriation or appropriations available on the date of the deposit for the services or supplies.

    `(5) CONSULTATION- In carrying out this section, the Director shall consult with the Secretary, the Secretary of Defense, the Director of the National Security Agency, the Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and any other official, as directed by the President.

    `(6) PRIVACY- In carrying out this section, the Director shall ensure that the privacy and civil liberties of United States persons are protected.

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    Thanks charliehall for posting that.


    You are welcome!

    Never assume something you hear about on the internet is true until you confirm it from an independent source. Kal v’chomer when the original source is from an anti-Semite!

    anon for this

    charliehall, the article d a quoted seemed suspicious to me because I figured that if there were any civil liberties issue with the internet bill that I would’ve heard more about it (even the Wall Street Journal didn’t complain about it, and their publisher is not a big Obama supporter). And, in fact, Senator Lieberman, who doesn’t agree with many of President Obama’s policy decisions, is in favor of the bill. So I checked out the prisonplanet website & found that Mr. Jones is a conspiracy theorist a la Lyndon Larouche. But I could’ve just read the bill myself, as you did, which would’ve been quicker & spared me some lunatic ravings.

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