By Wyatt Earp | August 29, 2009
While Al Gore apparently “invented” the Internet, President Barack Obama may soon be able to police it.
And I, for one, welcome our new political overlords, and remind them that as a trusted member of the blogosphere, I can be helpful in gathering the proletariat to work in his massive server rooms.
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.
Okay, first question: Who decides when there is a “cybersecurity emergency?” A politician? That makes me feel much more secure. How about you?
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.” (H/T – CNET News)
Yeah Larry, like you’re going to have a choice in the matter. As we have already seen with the Porkulus Plans, Cash 4 Clunkers, and ObamaCare, the Obama administration knows what’s best for you, and they are going to hold you down and give you your medicine – whether you like it or not.
I don’t know about you, but I find this bill completely disturbing.