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August 28, 2009

Good-bye, First Amendment

A controversial proposal that would give the President the power to seize control of the Internet — essentially cutting off the private-sector in the event of a “cybersecurity emergency” — is still on the table in Washington, CNET reports.The idea, which first surfaced in a bill back in March, is largely in-tact in its revisions, according to a CNET review of the 55-page draft of the bill. (excerpt)
Sam Diaz at ZDNet brings yet another horror story of Obama's Big Brother regime.

Watchdog groups, tech companies and others are already waving red flags, warning that the bill’s vague wording is an issue, that the government isn’t equipped to be trusted with that sort of power and that the bill could have broader implications on the national economy.

Beyond the excerpt posted by CNET, I haven’t read the bill, so I can’t say much about the bill’s language. But the argument that the government is ill-equipped and shouldn’t be trusted with the such far-reaching power is no joke. It wasn’t that long ago — the end of May, actually — that the White House announced a cybersecurity “short-term action plan,” which included the appointment of a cybersecurity czar.

Heading into September, that job remains vacant. What’s more, the White House has since lost its senior cybersecurity aide, who resigned a few weeks ago to go back into the private sector, frustrated by the delays in appointing a national cybersecurity czar.

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20 comments:

Left Coast Rebel said...

Nickie - I can't even keep track of this stuff, where will it end?

Capt. Schmoe said...

Rather J.C.Chavez of him, don't you think?

Anonymous said...

Lefty, the scary part is that there's no end in sight.

Anonymous said...

Schmoe... Yup, cut from the same cloth.

Dillinger737 said...

It's making my head spin. It's true, it's like a mad rush to fire as many shots at us at once as they can. It's like 100 penalty kicks at once on a single goalie figuring if they do it quick enough the majority will get by out of sheer confusion. They're trying to pull the table cloth out from under a lot of dishes at once, fortunate for them they aren't put off but shit breaking.

Anonymous said...

They're like cornered animals protecting their young. I'm seriously concerned about the lengths they'll go to in order to keep power. Chicago politics are violent and ugly. We'd better get used to it.

Anonymous said...

Hitler and Stalin would be proud.

scunnert said...

The NSA are already in control of the internet.

http://tiny.cc/d0KOC

The only reason you are allowed to spout off is a little Repressive Desublimation.

http://tiny.cc/YYzeP

LL said...

It's disheartening. It's disgraceful. It's the ObamaNation.

Anonymous said...

Dad, he learned his lessons well.

Anonymous said...

Scunny, what's frightening is that the government is declaring, in order to intimidate, proposed control.

If the NSA has somehow been masterminding the web, they have done nothing to stifle free expression. One need only surf some pretty funky sites, political or not, to understand that.

I'm sure the UN or EU would love the power of overseeing the Internet.

Anonymous said...

LL, unfortunately it's becoming SOP.

Anonymous said...

i just shut down Scunnert site for posting such crap.

Anonymous said...

Jeez, I thought Rove told you to throw that machine away!

Anonymous said...

Quiet or I'll zap you, old man.

scunnert said...

"Chicago politics are violent and ugly. We'd better get used to it.'

Nickie - I have some familial history there:

One of my uncles covers for the Seed:

http://tiny.cc/Cqbgc

My family's contribution to US (counter)culture continues to this day:

http://tiny.cc/HGLZ4

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

It's called "incrementalism" and the libs are masters of it ! Rush has been warning all who will listen about it for twenty years.

Anonymous said...

You're right, Woody. They have a long term plan.

Amusing Bunni said...

I can't take all this anymore, he is worse by the minute! Everyday more and more. It's like a horror movie! He better not shut down our internet, or he'll really see some protesting.

Anonymous said...

Bunni, you can also expect to be saying good-bye to you favorite radio shows.