Obama Can Shut Down Internet For 4 Months Under New Emergency Powers


obama2President Obama will be handed the power to shut down the Internet for at least four months without Congressional oversight if the Senate votes for the infamous Internet ‘kill switch’ bill, which was approved by a key Senate committee yesterday and now moves to the floor.The Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, which is being pushed hard by Senator Joe Lieberman, would hand absolute power to the federal government to close down networks, and block incoming Internet traffic from certain countries under a declared national emergency.

Despite the Center for Democracy and Technology and 23 other privacy and technology organizations sending letters to Lieberman and other backers of the bill expressing concerns that the legislation could be used to stifle free speech, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee passed in the bill in advance of a vote on the Senate floor.

In response to widespread criticism of the bill, language was added that would force the government to seek congressional approval to extend emergency measures beyond 120 days. Still, this would hand Obama the authority to shut down the Internet on a whim without Congressional oversight or approval for a period of no less than four months.

The Senators pushing the bill rejected the claim that the bill was a ‘kill switch’ for the Internet, not by denying that Obama would be given the authority to shut down the Internet as part of this legislation, but by arguing that he already had the power to do so.

They argued “That the President already had authority under the Communications Act to “cause the closing of any facility or station for wire communication” when there is a “state or threat of war”, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

Fears that the legislation is aimed at bringing the Internet under the regulatory power of the U.S. government in an offensive against free speech were heightened further on Sunday, when Lieberman revealed that the plan was to mimic China’s policies of policing the web with censorship and coercion.

“Right now China, the government, can disconnect parts of its Internet in case of war and we need to have that here too,” Lieberman told CNN’s Candy Crowley.

While media and public attention is overwhelmingly focused on the BP oil spill, the establishment is quietly preparing the framework that will allow Obama, or indeed any President who follows him, to bring down a technological iron curtain that will give the government a foot in the door on seizing complete control over the Internet.

As we have illustrated, fears surrounding cybersecurity have been hyped to mask the real agenda behind the bill, which is to strangle the runaway growth of alternative and independent media outlets which are exposing government atrocities, cover-ups and cronyism like never before.

Indeed, China uses similar rhetoric about the need to maintain “security” and combating cyber warfare by regulating the web, when in reality their entire program is focused around silencing anyone who criticizes the state.

The real agenda behind government control of the Internet has always been to strangle and suffocate independent media outlets who are now competing with and even displacing establishment press organs, with websites like the Drudge Report now attracting more traffic than many large newspapers combined. As part of this war against independent media, the FTC recently proposing a “Drudge Tax” that would force independent media organizations to pay fees that would be used to fund mainstream newspapers.

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  1. There you go. Obama trying to control even more and make this country as communistic as possible so the he controls every aspect of your life. Bad news, people. Bad news. Sounds familiar to you? Think back, you will see what I mean.

  2. What else is new one freedom at a tme being taken from us. By the time President Obama runs again he might not need to run. He might just be able to stay on forever until the
    comming of mossiach. May he come soon

  3. He can’t shut down the Internet. Nobody can. He can deny access to it in the US, but there are ways around that too.

    This is like gun control: it will deny access to law-abiding citizens, while not preventing criminals (and terrorists) from using it as if nothing happened.

    The genie is out of the bottle, and it’s too late to shut down global communication. Iran has already learned this, do we really have to follow in its footsteps?

  4. we must get together and fight this .We must not let this dictator take away our freedoms and rights. This is the same step-by step tightening of the screws that evil hitler did 80 years ago

  5. how come this article doesn’t seem to contain the reason for the legislation, though it mentions national security; it’s if there’s a cyber attack by terrorists/enemies (which can effect the power grid, emergency response etc) we can defend against this; who’s against being ready for attacks against this country??
    from some of the ridiculous comments here, I tend to agree with #8

  6. And he thinks this will help his polls? Even hard core liberals love the internet. I can’t imagine people wanting to re-elect someone who controls their lives like this.

  7. what has happened to joe leiberman??? has he now become part of the soros / obama cabal??? joe, keep out of this – if obama wants to continue his dictatorship, let him talk about it, stop being his pawn!

  8. so he has one more thing to make him feel infamous. He’s one large mistake.
    but hashgacha protis put him there. Now what do we do….
    Torah and Mitzvos!

  9. To all those who are saying Obama SHOULD shut the web down because of the tuma etc., this is mot the question here. Our president is trying to take control of our country. This is the same type of thing Hitler did. This is dangerous!

  10. OMG at least do a basic wiki check before commenting.

    1. The bill is to protect websites which are related to economy and basic infrastructure, like say NYSE and other stock exchanges.

    2. The president already has a lot of emergency powers, like um, declaring people to be enemy combatants and holding them without access to a lawyer for as long as he wants.

    3. The emergency powers of the president are routinely checked by the Supreme Court. See for example Truman in Youngstown Sheet v. Sawyer.

    4. Get over the ridiculous Hitler analogies. It’s almost like you have all forgotten what anti-semitism is really like so you need to make stuff up and pretend.

  11. Our president is once again showing us that he disregards the words, and the spirit of the constitution. This is against the first amendment, the freedom of press.

  12. The president is not proposing the bill … congress is (well … they might. They still have to vote.)

    To all those who are so quick to compare Obama to Hitler (As an aside – really? That comparison is old and hard to swallow.) please try to understand how the legislative system works.

    I’m concerned about the possibility of the government censoring the Internet, but it’s worth having a discussion over whether there are circumstances that could warrant this action.

    Try to be open minded and not let your distaste for Obama shape everything you read.

  13. Yeah obama go! Shut down the internet! This is gonna be awesome! Now all the losers will be forced to learn a Jewish word!!

    Jokes aside, imagine the positive outcome. It will change the world.