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US Bill Draft Ponders Powers to Be Given to President When Declaring a "Cybersecurity Emergency"  (View post)

Alex Ksikes [PersonRank 10]

Saturday, August 29, 2009
11 years ago3,382 views

It's interesting to note that politicians are supposed to represent the will of the people and yet they seem to work against them.

Regicide Smitty [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #


Isn't this technically impossible? I remember reading somewhere that the internet was initially designed to survive war. During war, if one site was destroyed others would at least still be running.

Politicians really need to stop hindering the growth of science and technology. They are trying to gain control and power over things that they have no knowledge of.

This is also like politicians trying to control stem cell research. Hahahahahaha! Politicians trying to control stem cell research! The notion is preposterous. You cannot shackle the mind.

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

They can unplug US servers, block all access to US subscribers and use their influence and scare tactics with other nations. Fear the government.

Michael Martinez [PersonRank 5]

11 years ago #

There are old laws on the books that empower the President to declare emergencies for the communications industry. What lawmakers are trying to do is bring the U.S. Code up-to-date to include the Internet.

They've been updating the lawbooks for several years on many issues with respect to how communications is handled. This is nothing new.

For example, in January 2006, President Bush signed into law House Resolution 109-3402 (see Section 113), an act which updated the 1934 Communications Law to include Cyberstalking as a federal crime, punishable by up to 2 years imprisonment and/or fines.

So while people need to agree on what the details should be, the folks in Congress ARE representing the people's best interest – at least insofar as they are trying to update a lot of laws that were written generations before the Internet became what it is today.

Andy Wong [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Indeed, Uncle Sam, you can do whatever you want under the name of national security, just as every other uncles do.

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