Senators propose granting president emergency Internet power

Senators propose granting president emergency Internet power

Summary: New bill forces selected companies, including broadband providers, search engines, and software firms, to "immediately comply with any emergency measure" decreed by the federal government.

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A new U.S. Senate bill would grant the president far-reaching emergency powers to seize control of or even shut down portions of the Internet.

The legislation announced Thursday says that companies such as broadband providers, search engines, or software firms that the government selects "shall immediately comply with any emergency measure or action developed" by the Department of Homeland Security. Anyone failing to comply would be fined.

That emergency authority would allow the federal government to "preserve those networks and assets and our country and protect our people," Joe Lieberman, the primary sponsor of the measure and the chairman of the Homeland Security committee, told reporters on Thursday. Lieberman is an independent senator from Connecticut who caucuses with the Democrats.

For more on this story, read Senators propose granting president emergency Internet power on CNET News.

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  • RE: Senators propose granting president emergency Internet power

    Not no, but HELL NO!
    someitguy79
    • Exactly!

      @someitguy79 I totally agree.

      There is no way that this is a good idea. Reminds me of Palpatine in Star Wars, let's grant emergency powers that will make everything better, NOT!

      The federal government needs quite a few powers removed so we can go back to following our constitution and be the Republic we are supposed to be.
      gcomputeronet@...
    • Told ya guys this government is a Fascist control freak

      Vote them out fast or all is lost. Start from the cronies of that crook in chief in November and then the crook himself 2012.
      LBiege
    • RE: Senators propose granting president emergency Internet power

      @someitguy79
      This is insane what our government is doing. Next we will have a complete police power country.

      Hell NO!
      ketrout
  • hey Dems, just keep on giving the president more powers

    There is a problem
    the president isn't always going to be a dem and he or she may do some things with this power that you do not like.
    It would be better to keep the power where it is safest, with the people!
    zmud
    • News flash for you

      It's the Dems that WANT this power. Do you think they want it because they are all fluffy kittens and puppy dogs?

      Good grief. The self-delusion here is frightening.
      frgough
      • Exactly right! The democrats are the biggest threats

        to our freedoms that exist today.

        Lieberman may call himself an "independent" (just for getting the votes), but he's still liberal at heart.
        adornoe
    • It doesn't make a bit of difference...

      @zmud
      what party the president belongs to. All it does is facilitate Obama or a successor of his to become the absolute dictator of the United States. The German parliament gave Hitler all these so-called emergency powers. Hitler then declared a ostensible emergency and had the absolute power of a dictator. He suspended the constitution and did whatever he liked. The people have absolutely nothing to say and the Parliament became his puppet. The United States is rapidly going in that direction. This coming November may be your last chance as a voter to change the direction of this country.
      arminw
  • ARE THEY CRAZY!!!

    Any study of history and governments will show that the most dangerous thing to a government is an informed populace. Gaining control of the flow of information makes the general population easier to control. I'm not generally a rabid conspiracy nut but in the history of mankind has any government ever assumed an "emergency power" then relenquished that power willingly? This would be the complete DEATH of FREE SPEECH. If not this administration, a future one. This cannot be allowed. If we put this kind of power in the hands of 1 man we might as well throw the constitution in the incinerator.
    Scubajrr
    • The American people made this bed

      by continually giving the government more and more power to take money from the "evil rich" and "evil corporations" in the name of "social justice," because they actually thought that their government was benevolent because it pandered to them to buy their votes.
      frgough
    • RE: Senators propose granting president emergency Internet power

      @Scubajrr I agree with you. Now once this is done he will get them to sign the bill that will give him a military that he can control within the US boarders. Then he will declare and emergency, block all communication and announce that he is our King and dare us to to anything or the military will be on your door steps. This is his big announcement for Oct.
      georgiaspur
  • Wow, so now our President can be even more...

    ...like Hugo Chavez.
    JohnMcGrew@...
    • RE: Senators propose granting president emergency Internet power

      @JohnMcGrew@...

      I am beginning to believe that the two are of the same blood. This cannot happen. What in the hell is our elected officials thinking?

      NO WAY IN HELL SHOULD THIS PRESIDENT OR ANY OTHER PRESIDENT HAVE SUCH CONTROL OVER THE INTERNET!
      ketrout
      • That are they thinking?

        @ketrout

        They're thinking that the Internet has been the single biggest impediment to totalitarian control of free US citizens, and control over it would solve that problem.
        JohnMcGrew@...
  • scubajrr has it right...

    and of course there is nothing new under the sun...
    pgit
  • RE: Senators propose granting president emergency Internet power

    Are all you liberals happy yet? I can hear it if a conservative controlled govt. suggested this. I mean maybe you so called progressives need fascist government thinking for you but I can only wonder now how many thinking people will vote against this the next time at the polling booths? How many other things can be put under government control before "LAND OF THE FREE" means nothing and why can't liberals see this?
    partman1969@...
    • Can you imagine the howling...

      ...had this come up 3 or 4 years ago? It would be national news item #1 and the left would be howling about Bush the fascist. Yet, nary a peep in the mainstream media now. No doubt, the New York Times feels quite certain that they'd be exempt from the censored portion of the Internet.
      JohnMcGrew@...
  • RE: Senators propose granting president emergency Internet power

    You may note that the senator in question is Lieberman, the fake democratic Republican. Surprized?
    zia@...
    • Lieberman is "independent" in name only and he's still a liberal at heart.

      He became "independent" as a political expediency, but he's still a full-fledged liberal on all issues excepting for foreign policy and military matters.
      adornoe
    • RE: Senators propose granting president emergency Internet power

      @zia@... <br> 'Bout time to get off the blame Bush stuff. It's very boring, and wonder why your party seems so disliked. (1)Obama seems as powerless on the oil spill as Bush was on Katrina,(2) didn't bring any of the boys home from war,(3) passes policies during economic hard times that no one has the funds to pay for, and like this particular bill wants control over any means of free speech that still endure. It was obvious people didn't want Bush when they last voted, but you have to be silly and naive to believe that they wanted controlled by this OBAMANATION!
      partman1969@...