Internet 'kill switch' bill reintroduced

Internet 'kill switch' bill reintroduced

Summary: A Senate proposal that has become known as the Internet "kill switch" bill was reintroduced this week, with a tweak

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A 221-page Senate bill would hand Homeland Security the power to issue decrees to certain privately owned computer systems after the president declares a "national cyberemergency." A section in the new bill notes that does not include "the authority to shut down the Internet," and the name of the bill has been changed to include the phrase "Internet freedom."

"The emergency measures in our bill apply in a precise and targeted way only to our most critical infrastructure," Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said yesterday about the legislation she is sponsoring with Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn). "We cannot afford to wait for a cyber 9/11 before our government finally realizes the importance of protecting our digital resources."

But the revised wording (PDF) continues to alarm civil liberties groups and other critics of the bill, who say the language would allow the government to shut down portions of the Internet or restrict access to certain Web sites or types of content. Even former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak didn't actually "shut down" the Internet: at least at first, a trickle of connections

For more on this story, read Internet 'kill switch' bill gets a makeover on CNET News.

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  • 9/11

    Can we agree that it's time to stop using 9/11 as a political pawn, please?
    Chad Strunk
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      Yam Digger
    • RE: Internet 'kill switch' bill reintroduced

      @Chad Strunk OK, how about remember the Arizona? Remember the Lusitania? Remember the Alamo? Boston Massacre? The Plague?
      trust2112@...
      • RE: Internet 'kill switch' bill reintroduced

        @trust2112@... We still remember the Arizona every December 7th, just we have moved on to a memorial ceremony instead of the political issues.
        techrepublic@...
  • RE: Internet 'kill switch' bill reintroduced

    Those who give up a little liberty to gain a little security will gain neither, and lose both.
    hoaxoner
  • RE: Internet 'kill switch' bill reintroduced

    Susan Collins (R-Maine) & Joe Lieberman (I-Conn) are two of the top twelve anti Second Amendment Senators out there. Throw in Schumer (D-NY) and we'd have an anti freedom trifecta.
    anonymous
  • RE: Internet 'kill switch' bill reintroduced

    Libya, Egypt...soon the USA.

    Bank on it..they want to shut down the Internet so they can plan and deploy their CIA psyop to scare the nation.

    I've got my amateur radio already and when the time comes the only way to communicate will be via these devices, Obama (or whoever is President) will shut off our communications and leave us in the dark and blame it on someone else.
    Ron Burgundy
    • LMAO!!!

      @Ron Burgundy

      The problem will be finding someone who wants to talk to your Stupid_ass on a ham!

      I can hear you now: "hello? This is Ron Burgun, er, Cyberslam, er...is anybody out there?"

      {crickets}
      SonofaSailor
      • RE: Internet 'kill switch' bill reintroduced

        @SonofaSailor Sorry, no one is listening to your stalking @ss

        Loserboy.
        Ron Burgundy
    • HAM radio is licensed by the FCC

      @Ron Burgundy

      That's not a way around anything. They'll just triangulate your signal and shut you down. They'll do worse if you are operating without a license. But, if you are licensed, and transmitting your ID at the required 10 minute interval, your personal contact information is publicly available on the FCC web site. You'll have lots of friends stopping by to permanently borrow your equipment.
      Bit-Smacker
    • RE: Internet 'kill switch' bill reintroduced

      @Ron Burgundy
      Unless you go mobile for a few minutes at a time, it's easier to shut you down than the internet.
      Alienwilly
  • Sweet!

    Time for you Internet Junkies to find your fix elsewhere. Maybe your local library for a start? You do remember books right?
    james347
    • RE: Internet 'kill switch' bill reintroduced

      @james347

      The Internet is not an entertainment medium. It's the life breath of our culture and now the primary source of all information and free speech.
      tomogden
      • RE: Internet 'kill switch' bill reintroduced

        @tomogden
        It's inarguably the source of much of the conspiracy nonsense, ignorance, stupidity, pseudo-science, hate and crime that plagues our "culture." If that's any kind of "life breath", we're in some deep doodoo.
        CSwa913102
  • RE: Internet 'kill switch' bill reintroduced

    where would people go to fight the great Apple vs. Android battle?
    Ellisonx
    • RE: Internet 'kill switch' bill reintroduced

      @Ellisonx - Or the perennial favorite, "[Fill in the name of your least favorite Fortune 100 conglomerate here] is the root of all horribleness and has nothing less than world domination in its sights" arguments...
      always-a-geek
  • Slippery slope

    Ron Burgundy is right. Libya, Egypt... soon the USA. This bill makes us look hypocritical. Our government "rims" North African and middle east governments for shutting down internet access and yet we have legislators who are trying to do the same thing here! I'm no conspiracy theorist, but when I see crap like this, it gives me pause. Please, Mr. Legislator, limit the use of the 9/11 Boogeyman and keep your hands off the Internet.
    ccervant1@...
    • RE: Internet 'kill switch' bill reintroduced

      @ccervant1@...
      Well, we also have legislators here who are doing their damnedest to set up an American Christian Taliban, too.
      CSwa913102
  • RE: Internet 'kill switch' bill reintroduced

    NO.
    *thwaps senators on the nose with a rolled-up newspaper*
    NO.
    jmwells21
    • RE: Internet 'kill switch' bill reintroduced

      @jmwells21 I think this is the best response that I have seen so far, I follow up with another rolled-up newspaper.
      cmwade1977