Should Obama Control the Internet?

A new bill would give the President emergency authority to halt web traffic and access private data.

by Steve Aquino, Mother Jones

Should President Obama have the power to shut down domestic Internet traffic during a state of emergency?

Senators John Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) think so. On Wednesday they introduced a bill to establish the Office of the National Cybersecurity Advisor—an arm of the executive branch that would have vast power to monitor and control Internet traffic to protect against threats to critical cyber infrastructure. That broad power is rattling some civil libertarians.

The Cybersecurity Act of 2009 (PDF) gives the president the ability to “declare a cybersecurity emergency” and shut down or limit Internet traffic in any “critical” information network “in the interest of national security.” The bill does not define a critical information network or a cybersecurity emergency. That definition would be left to the president.

The bill does not only add to the power of the president. It also grants the Secretary of Commerce “access to all relevant data concerning [critical] networks without regard to any provision of law, regulation, rule, or policy restricting such access.” This means he or she can monitor or access any data on private or public networks without regard to privacy laws.

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Obama Doubletalk Exposed

“The question is… what are you going to do about it?”

John Perry online

The Goldberg Syndrome: It renders journalists, and lobbyists, blind …

by Justin Raimondo, AntiWar

Jeffrey Goldberg, a writer for The Atlantic and a prominent supporter of the Iraq war, has a bone or two  to pick with Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer. Reviewing their book, The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy for The New Republic, he disdained “their methodological arrogance, their failure to meet any serious standard of empirical inquiry, their slavish reliance on second- and third-hand works” – this from a “reporter” who, before the invasion of Iraq, wrote two extensive pieces for the New Yorker detailing the now-debunked Bush administration talking point that Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden were allies.

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Chrysler workers oppose more concessions

“He was a Trojan horse…”

For the woman at the end of the video, for her and all the UAW workers who don’t know what their future holds, I made the following cartoon when I read your comment “He was a trojan horse…” in an article at WSWS a couple days ago and I am re-posting it again today.

The Obama Horse!

The Obama Horse!