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.