The obvious use of Internet censorship, blocking, and shutdown by despots in trouble — what else is it for?
Especially in America, hacking, cracking, viruses, and malware may be fought by much, much more sophisticated, rifle-shot means.
Even though such governmental powers are shown for their true use, for example in Red China, in Venezuela, and in the last few days, in Egypt, the authoritarian, “transnational progressives” (i.e.: globalist Marxofascists) continue to seek that control, here in America. We go to Wired, for the latest.
Internet ‘Kill Switch’ Legislation Back in Play
By David Kravets, January 28 2011, 6:09pm
Legislation granting the president internet-killing powers is to be re-introduced soon to a Senate committee, the proposal’s chief sponsor told Wired.com on Friday.
The resurgence of the so-called “kill switch” legislation came the same day Egyptians faced an internet blackout designed to counter massive demonstrations in that country.
The bill, which has bipartisan support, is being floated by Sen. Susan Collins, the Republican ranking member on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The proposed legislation, which Collins said would not give the president the same power Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak is exercising to quell dissent, sailed through the Homeland Security Committee in December but expired with the new Congress weeks later.
The bill is designed to protect against “significant” cyber threats before they cause damage, Collins said.
“My legislation would provide a mechanism for the government to work with the private sector in the event of a true cyber emergency,” Collins said in an e-mail Friday. “It would give our nation the best tools available to swiftly respond to a significant threat.”
The timing of when the legislation would be re-introduced was not immediately clear, as kinks to it are being worked out.
An aide to the Homeland Security committee described the bill as one that does not mandate the shuttering of the entire internet. Instead, it would authorize the president to demand turning off access to so-called “critical infrastructure” where necessary.
Deemed necessary by whom? Necessary for what purpose, O Homeland Security committee? Could you give us more specific examples of the damage control you are envisioning, and exactly how the technology you are planning would be applied? And as Wired mentioned, should there not be appropriate security already implemented, by a dam site?
We are also reminded here in the friendly American confines, of the government shutdown of all surrounding cell phone activity, at the time Elian Gonzalez was government abducted, under the Clinton administration. We may need for government officials to be allowed to step in to certain internet situations — or to prepare in others — but for just what are they reaching? I for one haven’t seen a very well rounded set of answers.