(The following is a cross-post from our friends at Monroe Rising).
Where are the liberal/progressive/radicals when you actually want them? And where is the vast mainstream media and their professed objective investigative reporting when we need it? I guess Obama-bias remains alive and well here in the U.S.S.A.
Or the leftwing loonies and the press think it’s absolutely hunky dory that a Democrat U.S. Senator has introduced a bill that would grant powers to Obama to take control of private internet servers “during a so-called cybersecurity emergency.” It is appalling that this is even being considered.
Internet companies and civil liberties groups were alarmed this spring when a U.S. Senate bill proposed handing the White House the power to disconnect private-sector computers from the Internet.
They’re not much happier about a revised version that aides to Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, have spent months drafting behind closed doors. CNET News has obtained a copy of the 55-page draft of S.773 (excerpt), which still appears to permit the president to seize temporary control of private-sector networks during a so-called cybersecurity emergency.
The new version would allow the president to “declare a cybersecurity emergency” relating to “non-governmental” computer networks and do what’s necessary to respond to the threat. Other sections of the proposal include a federal certification program for “cybersecurity professionals,” and a requirement that certain computer systems and networks in the private sector be managed by people who have been awarded that license.
Civil liberties groups were “alarmed?” How about totally off the wall batsh*t crazy-a$$ outraged! So called “civil liberties groups” would go completely insane if this were proposed by a Republican Senator for a Republican President.
Apparently not so much when it’s a Democrat/Democrat proposal. Then they simply became alarmed. That, and the whole behind closed doors process is now ok too – you know, because it’s the Democrats doing it.
This part of the CNet news story was particularly amusing and concerning:
The Rockefeller proposal plays out against a broader concern in Washington, D.C., about the government’s role in cybersecurity. In May, President Obama acknowledged that the government is “not as prepared” as it should be to respond to disruptions and announced that a new cybersecurity coordinator position would be created inside the White House staff. Three months later, that post remains empty, one top cybersecurity aide has quit, and some wags have begun to wonder why a government that receives failing marks on cybersecurity should be trusted to instruct the private sector what to do.
Let’s take a look at this new-found power Barack Obama would have:
Probably the most controversial language begins in Section 201, which permits the president to “direct the national response to the cyber threat” if necessary for “the national defense and security.” The White House is supposed to engage in “periodic mapping” of private networks deemed to be critical, and those companies “shall share” requested information with the federal government. (”Cyber” is defined as anything having to do with the Internet, telecommunications, computers, or computer networks.)
“The language has changed but it doesn’t contain any real additional limits,” EFF’s Tien says. “It simply switches the more direct and obvious language they had originally to the more ambiguous (version)…The designation of what is a critical infrastructure system or network as far as I can tell has no specific process. There’s no provision for any administrative process or review. That’s where the problems seem to start. And then you have the amorphous powers that go along with it.”
Translation: If your company is deemed “critical,” a new set of regulations kick in involving who you can hire, what information you must disclose, and when the government would exercise control over your computers or network.
There it is. Under this proposal, the government would decide WHO private business can hire, WHAT information you must give the government and WHEN the government would take over your technology.
I laugh hysterically every time I hear a leftwing lunatic say with a straight face that we’re not headed to socialism/communism under Barack Obama. Keep telling yourselves that in between sips of kool aid kids.
On a side note, I can’t help but wonder if Al Gore had any inkling that this would be possible when he created the internet. Would he have changed his mind and scrapped the entire concept if he knew a Republican president would have this power too?