Monday, February 21, 2011

Huh? Lieberman Volte-face on Kill Switch


Full-time Israeli citizen and part-time US senator Joseph Lieberman, the man who virtually singlehandedly conceived and spearheaded the the Net Kill Switch bill, suddenly does a volte-face and now wants to “take away the president's power to shut off the Internet.” Really. Smacks of a tactical regroup in the face of mounting opposition. Something’s rotten in the state of Denmark; standby for a new more devious maneuver busily in the making. Given what’s sweeping across the ME (and Wisconsin?), they’re going to need more than a kill switch...


New bill strips president’s power to shut off Internet

By Sahil Kapur
Raw Story

“Lieberman said part of the purpose was to clear up controversy surrounding cyber-security legislation he introduced last year, which was mistakenly thought to have created a kill switch, but merely limited the president's ability to use the feature... ‘Neither the president, the director of the National Center for Cybersecurity and Communications, nor any other officer or employee of the federal government should have the authority to shut down the Internet’."


WASHINGTON – A bipartisan trio of senators has introduced a new cybersecurity bill that eliminates the president's authority to switch off the Internet.

The "kill switch," as it's known, exists in the 1934 Telecommunications Act, which was amended in 1996. It gives the president powers to shut off all regulated telecommunications if he or she deems it vital to national security interests.

But that's not going to fly any more, say Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Tom Carper (D-DE) and Susan Collins (R-ME).

The three senators on Thursday introduced The Cybersecurity Freedom Act of 2011, which would take away the president's power to shut off the Internet.

The measure states that "neither the president, the director of the National Center for Cybersecurity and Communications, nor any other officer or employee of the federal government should have the authority to shut down the Internet."

Lieberman said part of the purpose was to clear up controversy surrounding cybersecurity legislation he introduced last year, which was mistakenly thought to have created a kill switch but merely limited the president's ability to use the feature.

"We want to clear the air once and for all," said Lieberman, the chairman of the Homeland Security committee. "...There is no so-called 'kill switch' in our legislation because the very notion is antithetical to our goal of providing precise and targeted authorities to the president."

"This legislation applies to the most critical infrastructures that Americans rely on in their daily lives -- energy transmission, water supply, financial services, for example - to ensure that those assets are protected in case of a potentially crippling cyber attack."

Collins added that the legislation contains "explicit language prohibiting" a US president from doing what Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak did.

"Our bill contains protections to prevent the president from denying Americans access to the Internet," she said.

NextGov reports that the bill would also "allow judges to review the government's designations of so-called covered critical infrastructure, or systems that could cause catastrophes if disrupted."

Source: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/02/18/new-bill-strips-presidents-power-to-shut-off-internet/ 

6 comments:

  1. Lieberman ought to be deported as a threat to US democracy.

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  2. Is he picking fleas off McCain's head in the photo?

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  3. Lieberman only makes decisions that are in the best interests of Israel. That is why they worked so hard to get him there. It used to be called a "Fifth Column" back when people understood treason.

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  4. Gordon: Great beer blog, big fan of hops, barley and malt, and Lieberman should be confined to solitary confinement and provided only bud light out of a used catheter bag.

    Anon: He is actually placing zionist parasites onto his head to help "manage" his thought process for "the cause."

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  5. Only Bud Lite? Isn't that cruel and unusual punishment? Putting it in a used catheter bag might improve the taste.

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  6. All so far have put me in stitches. What if he was picking parasites off his head to absorbe the buud lie that the parasites had ingested..

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