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Submission + - Internet 'kill switch' attached to defense bill?

countertrolling writes: "A federal cybersecurity bill that critics say creates a presidential "kill switch" for the Internet could be added on to a defense spending bill and passed without much debate, technology news sources report.

Sen. Thomas Carper (D-DE), one of the sponsors of the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, told that the Senate is considering attaching the bill as a rider to a defense authorization bill likely to pass through Congress before the mid-term elections.

"It's hard to get a measure like cybersecurity legislation passed on its own," Carper said.

Carper, along with Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), introduced the bill in June in an effort to combat cyber-crime and the threat of online warfare and terrorism. Critics say the bill would allow the president to disconnect Internet networks and force private websites to comply with broad cybersecurity measures. Future US presidents would have those powers renewed indefinitely."

I see no point in even arguing about it. The vast majority does not care.. any more than it does about the wars, the corruption, the patriot act, the wiretapping, the new x-ray vans... The government already has the authority to do this. They just want to codify it into law... For appearances more than anything else. So I suggest that you all just lie down and enjoy it. There is no one with the power that's even remotely interested in putting a stop to it.
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