Sunday, April 5, 2009

What?!?!

Over at Hot Air they have this little item.

It starts out by saying that Jules Crittenden and Mother Jones seem to be in agreement. Ed Morrissey (formerly of Captain's Quarters) reports
Both take a hard look at the Cybersecurity Act of 2009, S.773 sponsored by Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Olympia Snowe (R-ME). The bill addresses the need to protect vital networks from cyber attack, but it gives a lot of power to the executive branch — perhaps too much power. Mother Jones reports:
The Cybersecurity Act of 2009 (PDF) gives the president the ability to “declare a cybersecurity emergency” and shut down or limit Internet traffic in any “critical” information network “in the interest of national security.” The bill does not define a critical information network or a cybersecurity emergency. That definition would be left to the president.

The bill does not only add to the power of the president. It also grants the Secretary of Commerce “access to all relevant data concerning [critical] networks without regard to any provision of law, regulation, rule, or policy restricting such access.” This means he or she can monitor or access any data on private or public networks without regard to privacy laws.
If the newspapers basically go away, the Internet will be our source of news and collaboration. Do we wish to see it go away at a time of crisis? This looks bad on the surface.

Regards  —  Cliff

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