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Obama may get power to shut down Internet without court oversight

January 26, 2011
Daniel Tencer, The Raw Story
1/24/2011

A bill giving the president an Internet “kill switch” during times of emergency that failed to pass Congress last year will return this year, but with a revision that has many civil liberties advocates concerned: It will give the president the ability to shut down parts of the Internet without any court oversight.

The Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act was introduced last year by Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Susan Collins (R-ME) in an effort to combat cyber-crime and the threat of online warfare and terrorism.

Critics said the bill would allow the president to disconnect Internet networks and force private websites to comply with broad cybersecurity measures. Future US presidents would have those powers renewed indefinitely.

According to a report Monday at CNET News, the bill will be back on the Senate agenda in the new year. But a revision introduced into the bill in December would exempt the law from judicial oversight. According to critics, this change would open the law to politically-motivated abuse by any administration, no matter how narrowly the law is interpreted.

“The country we’re seeking to protect is a country that respects the right of any individual to have their day in court,” Steve DelBianco, director of the NetChoice coalition, which represents online companies such as eBay and Yahoo, told CNET. “Yet this bill would deny that day in court to the owner of infrastructure.”

“Judicial review is our main concern,” he added. “A designation of critical information infrastructure brings with it huge obligations for upgrades and compliance.”

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  1. January 26, 2011 1:51 pm

    The above development plan, with Obama’s name on it this time, sounds like another “Ohio Development Plan” like “Sex With Slaves” where whores were supposed to go around and rape and then racketeer people living alone to raise money in Ohio. As a person in a bourne id, I have been the victim of many sheister plans. I am currently receiving letters from the FBI about financial crime. Since I got paid no police hub salary ever, and have no corporate or private bank account, the letters are being forwarded on to the appropriate people. Sorry – rape is still rape.

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