Obama To Control The Internet?

On March 23rd, 2009, I wrote “Jay Rockefeller Is Coming For The Internet” with a followup to that post on April 5th, 2009, “Jay Rockefeller’s S773, S778 and Internet Cybersecurity”.  It appears that Jay has been busy refining his bill, but it still gives Obama power to control the internet.  As always, bold emphasis is mine.

Bill would give president emergency control of Internet

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.

The new version would allow the president to “declare a cybersecurity emergency” relating to “non-governmental” computer networks and do what’s necessary to respond to the threat. Other sections of the proposal include a federal certification program for “cybersecurity professionals,” and a requirement that certain computer systems and networks in the private sector be managed by people who have been awarded that license.

“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.”

Representatives of other large Internet and telecommunications companies expressed concerns about the bill in a teleconference with Rockefeller’s aides this week, but were not immediately available for interviews on Thursday.

“The language has changed but it doesn’t contain any real additional limits,” EFF’s Tien says. “It simply switches the more direct and obvious language they had originally to the more ambiguous (version)…The designation of what is a critical infrastructure system or network as far as I can tell has no specific process. There’s no provision for any administrative process or review. That’s where the problems seem to start. And then you have the amorphous powers that go along with it.”

Translation: If your company is deemed “critical,” a new set of regulations kick in involving who you can hire, what information you must disclose, and when the government would exercise control over your computers or network.

American Progressives hard at work establishing fascism.

5 thoughts on “Obama To Control The Internet?”

  1. He who controls communication controls the world.

    This bill must be defeated!

    The one thing Saul Alinsky did not count on in his planning was the internet. His tactics don’t work if people have access to the truth. The internet is the last media they do not control. If we allow this bill to pass, we have approved and welcomed the thought police, not only here but throughout the world. We must fight this to the death, fellow patriots!

  2. GG- Saul did not count on the internet, neither did the other PTB. Rockefeller said in the senate the the internet should have never been invented. It has been a MAJOR pain in the arse for TPTB. IT has awoken millions and this is a major setback for those that want us unaware of “THEIR” plans. Information is power, and you are right, he who controls communication (and information) controls the world.

    We must make full use of the internet while we still have it. Use it to educate yourself on survival techniques, tips on preps, as well as spreading the word and waking the REST up.

  3. This is the first nail. The coming Internet2 will be the FINAL nail in Internet freedom. Internet2 will allow total control of all content by the fascist District of Corruption.

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  5. Achingsmellyjock of Iran controls the internet, Chavez controls the internet in Venezuella, Saddam controled the internet in Iraq, and it is controlled by the government in Russia, China and North Korea so why shouldn’t it be controlled here by Comrade Obonzo and his Communist lap dogs. (Not)

    GG I have already resigned myself to the fact that the 2010 elections will be nothing more then a formality as Obozo will probably control everything by then. The reason our worthless elected leaders don’t fear us is because ACORN will control the elections in America and all of Obastardo’s sycophants will probably win as long as they continue to support his communist agenda. We may have to fight to the death just to protect our families when Obastardos’s Fedayeen army of Black Militants, Hamas and Somalian Jihadist, and Commies hits the streets whether we like it or not. Hitler and Saddam Hussien had youth corps and we all know how well it worked for them.

    Under every government the last resort of the people, is an appeal to the sword; whether to defend against the attacks of a foreign enemy, or to check the insidious encroachment of domestic foes. ( Happening now!) Whenever a people entrust the defense of their country to a regular standing army, composed of mercenaries ( Obama’s Fedayeen,or Americorps) , the power of that country will remain under the direction of the most wealthy. With our military out of the country one could easily see how Obama could control the country with his Fedayeen. One last thought:

    Why do we as Americans arrest our petty thieves, and elect the great ones to public office?

    Peace

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