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Old 08-28-2009, 10:30 AM
 
Location: NC
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Bill would give president emergency control of Internet | Politics and Law - CNET News

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.
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Old 08-28-2009, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Everyone should be up in arms over this.
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Old 08-28-2009, 03:52 PM
 
Location: OUTTA SIGHT!
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I would hope that if the internet suffered a massive 'malfunction' someone would have the authority to shut off whatever needed to be shut off.

Sorry, but I'm saving my 'lather' for something with a little more meat on it's bones I guess.
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Old 08-28-2009, 06:14 PM
 
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Whatever. It IS AARPAnet, FWIW.
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Old 08-29-2009, 11:59 AM
 
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whatever. It is aarpanet, fwiw.
lol!
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Old 08-29-2009, 01:43 PM
 
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! Didn't think anyone would get that.
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Old 08-29-2009, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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How exactly would the White House take control over privately owned computers? What would be the way they would get in?
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Old 09-01-2009, 12:47 PM
 
Location: The DMV
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How exactly would the White House take control over privately owned computers? What would be the way they would get in?
It's more focused on larger enterprises and carriers. This legislation is a typical knee jerk reaction by those that don't have a clue...
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