Breaking News: Proposed New Bill to Give Obama “Cybersecurity Emergency” Powers
Warning: The New Bill is S 773 from the Senate Commerce Science and Transportation Committee. It was introduced April 1,2009 and is called the Cyber Security Act of of 2009.
From : Competitive Enterprise Institute, Washington, D.C., August 28, 2009
Experts Warned Against Dangers of Gov’t Control of Private Networks
—According to a breaking news report by CNET’s Declan McCullagh
, a draft bill in the U.S. Senate would grant President Obama “cybersecurity emergency powers” to disconnect and even seize control of private sector computers on the Internet. Back in May, when Obama proposed a “cybersecurity czar with a broad mandate
” and the administration issued a report outlining potential vulnerabilities in the government’s information security policies, CEI Director of Technology Studies Wayne Crews
cautioned about “the constant temptation by politicians in both parties to expand government authority over ‘critical’ private networks.”
“From American telecommunications to the power grid, virtually anything networked to some other computer is potentially fair game to Obama to exercise ‘emergency powers,’” Crews said today. “Policy makers should be suspicious of proposals to collectivize and centralize cybersecurity risk management, especially in frontier industries like information technology. When government asserts authority over security technologies, it hinders the evolution of more robust information security practices and creates barriers to non-political solutions—both mundane and catastrophic. The result is that we become less secure, not more secure.”
Instead, Crews had urged the Obama Administration to focus on “securing government networks and keeping government agencies on the cutting edge of communications technology.” As today’s news illustrates, the dangers created by such a “broad mandate” may come to pass.
This should be a GIANT RED FLAG! Free speech is in danger. When you add this to the potential intrusion of government into radio via the FCC and some of the statements of new FCC Diversity Director, Mark Lloyd – it may be time to panic. The last two tools for conservative news, information sharing and networking that aren’t currently under direct government control are now under attack. If you love Twitter, Facebook, your access to the internet as well as listening to your favorite conservative talk show this should concern you. Contact your elected representatives and tell them that you do not support the government invading your life… It is Unconstitutional! Tell them – Just Say NO!