Congress Bows to Free Speech Restrains Presidential Powers: Liebermann Copies China

Capitol Hill believes there needs to be a “kill switch” for the Internet. Americans balked, so Senator Joe Liebermann, a supporter of the legislation, got right after protecting our interests. The scenario now is, if Obama needs to use the “kill switch” to shut down the Internet, he can do so WITHOUT Congressional approval for 120 days, or 4 months. After that period he must get Congressional approval. I feel much better now [note sarcasm, if you have any doubts].

From PrisonPlanet – snippets below – please read the entire article.

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.

Liebermann came up with a good one. He noted that China has the same policy.

 “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….

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. [and Drudge is given as one example

This report says US Cybersecurity Czar Howard Schmidt wants an “online identity ecosystem,” and part of that “ecosystem” is the use of identity cards for an Internet user. Intended to be fabulous news is the fact that with the new “ecosystem” users will no longer need “an ever-expanding” list of usernames and passwords.” The government cannot keep information secure. They don’t even get close.

I like my usernames and my passwords, and what they are or how I get to them should have nothing to do with government.