15 October 2009

Our bruises are coming, but we will never fold

So, this is a little creepy. I thought the Patriot Act was bad enough, but this really takes it up a notch. And to preface...this is not a speculative post. This is actually a bill that is working it's way through congress.

Sen. John Rockefeller (D-WV) has started silently pushing for S.773: Cybersecurity Act of 2009 to work it's way through congress to the president. You may read more about the bill HERE, but essentially, this bill - if passed - would give the president full authority to permit a full government takeover for all online activities deemed "critical."

According to opencongress.org, 'The bill would also give the President new authority to "declare a cybersecurity emergency and order the limitation or shutdown of Internet traffic to and from any compromised Federal Government or United States critical infrastructure information system or network."' and "work with representatives of foreign governments to develop norms, organizations, and other cooperative activities for international engagement to improve cybersecurity."

Basically, this bill would allow Obama to order a federal takeover for all US citizen's online activity. The government would be able to monitor it or shut it down. And while this sounds all nice and fuzzy and protective like the Patriot Act did, this is really not cool.

Many will argue that, like the Patriot Act, if you have nothing to hide, then you have nothing to worry about right? Well, no. In this case the government - in order to "protect us" - could fully shut down everyone's access to any inter or intranet.

It's not worth me building up a lot of worry or hype, but it is definitely worth me bringing it to your attention. This bill was introduced in April and has not really been discussed by any media outlets. Please go check out that link and simply be aware of what's going on on Capitol Hill. Also, share your thoughts. Private or public. Either way, let's discuss.


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