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Preacher
08-29-2009, 04:30 AM
internet companies and civil liberties groups were alarmed (http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10200710-38.html) this spring when a U.S. Senate bill proposed (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d111:s.00773:) 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 (http://www.politechbot.com/docs/rockefeller.revised.cybersecurity.draft.082709.pdf )), which still appears to permit the president to seize temporary control of private-sector networks during a so-called cybersecurity emergency.
http://i.i.com.com/cnwk.1d/i/bto/20090828/White_House.jpg
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 (http://www.isalliance.org/), 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 immedia. . .

Read the rest here (http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10320096-38.html)... ESPECIALLY the response from the govt. and then the 4 questions originally asked....

Preacher
08-29-2009, 04:44 AM
I am split on this...

1. I never like the govt. to have powers which can control the way I live... however

2. The fact of the matter is, the internet was an invention for the military to provide command and control communication in the event of a nuclear attack. While it's growth has taken it FAR FAR away from its original use, I still see the U.S. govt. as being the final underlying controller, and they really haven't ever given up total control, even though you really can't control the net. So in reality, it IS a govt. service and therefore subject to the govt.


Here is a link on the history. It traces the development from Sputnik launch through to today. http://www.inetdaemon.com/tutorials/internet/history.shtml

St33lersguy
08-29-2009, 10:38 AM
In other words the govt. just wants control over companies' computers

KeiselPower99
08-29-2009, 10:41 AM
Funny aint it. They condemn the way Iran rans its government and we are heading for the same thing. Rockefeller needs voted out. Im damn embarassed he is my state senator. What happened to freedom of speech? I dont gave a damn what party has control of the government I think we can all agree that it was bad under the Republicans and is getting worse under the Democrats.

7SteelGal43
08-29-2009, 02:20 PM
Funny aint it. They condemn the way Iran rans its government and we are heading for the same thing. Rockefeller needs voted out. Im damn embarassed he is my state senator. What happened to freedom of speech? I dont gave a damn what party has control of the government I think we can all agree that it was bad under the Republicans and is getting worse under the Democrats.


Just remember when hearing "emergency control of the internet", which gives the President "shut it down" power, that his regulatory Czar, Cass R. Sunstein, has expressed his desire in the past to "balance the internet". Hmmmm.

Hammer Of The GODS
08-29-2009, 02:44 PM
Whoa Whoa Whoa!

Somebody better run this by Al Gore! He IS the inventor of the net ya know!




Seriously though, I DO NOT consider the net as Government property despite it's origin.

IF! If they claim ownership then why the hell have they let it get OUT OF CONTROL when it comes to the content ( see 2 girls and a cup) :puke:

MACH1
08-29-2009, 06:33 PM
For one, by claiming ownership of the internet they can throw extra charges and or taxes on it.

Dino 6 Rings
08-29-2009, 07:26 PM
Pretty sure we condemned Iran for trying the same thing.

Hilarious. I wonder what the response would have been had the Previous Administration suggested power to "shut down the internet"

Do they plan on shutting down phone lines too? Short Wave Radios? Satellite TV?

Makes me wonder.

KeiselPower99
08-30-2009, 10:57 AM
Pretty sure we condemned Iran for trying the same thing.

Hilarious. I wonder what the response would have been had the Previous Administration suggested power to "shut down the internet"

Do they plan on shutting down phone lines too? Short Wave Radios? Satellite TV?

Makes me wonder.

Bush is a tyrant. He is out of control. Drunk with power. We need change. Bush is moving us into a recession with his out of control spending. He is a war monger. Sending innocent young men to their deaths in the Middle East. Hmm I think I may have covered it all there.

beSteelmyheart
08-30-2009, 07:05 PM
Then why won't they do anything about all of the child rapists that find so many victims on the Internet????? Oh, wait...I forgot...That might be unconstitutional.:mad: