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    WASHINGTON (CBS4/CNET) ―

    The days of freedom on the Internet, even during a time of national crisis, may be coming to an under a new U.S. Senate bill. The legislation would grant the president emergency powers to seize control of or even shut down portions of the Internet during times of national emergency.

    It's been dubbed as an Internet "kill switch" the president could flip. However, the idea behind it is not new. A draft Senate proposal that CNET obtained in August allowed the White House to "declare a cybersecurity emergency," and another from Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) would have explicitly given the government the power to "order the disconnection" of certain networks or Web sites.

    The legislation announced Thursday says that companies such as broadband providers, search engines, or software firms that the government selects "shall immediately comply with any emergency measure or action developed" by the Department of Homeland Security. Anyone failing to comply would be fined.

    That emergency authority would allow the federal government to "preserve those networks and assets and our country and protect our people," Joe Lieberman, the primary sponsor of the measure and the chairman of the Homeland Security committee, told reporters on Thursday. Lieberman is an independent senator from Connecticut who caucuses with the Democrats.

    Lieberman's bill is formally titled the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, or PCNAA. Under PCNAA, the federal government's power to force private companies to comply with emergency decrees would become unusually broad.

    Any company on a list created by Homeland Security that also "relies on" the Internet, the telephone system, or any other component of the U.S. "information infrastructure" would be subject to command by a new National Center for Cybersecurity and Communications (NCCC) that would be created inside Homeland Security.

    The only obvious limitation on the NCCC's emergency power is one paragraph in the Lieberman bill that appears to have grown out of the Bush-era flap over warrantless wiretapping. That limitation says that the NCCC cannot order broadband providers or other companies to "conduct surveillance" of Americans unless it's otherwise legally authorized.

    Lieberman said Thursday that enactment of his bill needed to be a top congressional priority. "For all of its 'user-friendly' allure, the Internet can also be a dangerous place with electronic pipelines that run directly into everything from our personal bank accounts to key infrastructure to government and industrial secrets," he said. "Our economic security, national security and public safety are now all at risk from new kinds of enemies--cyber-warriors, cyber-spies, cyber-terrorists and cyber-criminals."

    Lieberman's proposal would form a powerful and extensive new Homeland Security bureaucracy around the NCCC, including "no less" than two deputy directors, and liaison officers to the Defense Department, Justice Department, Commerce Department, and the Director of National Intelligence. (How much the NCCC director's duties would overlap with those of the existing assistant secretary for infrastructure protection is not clear.)

    The NCCC also would be granted the power to monitor the "security status" of private sector Web sites, broadband providers, and other Internet components. Lieberman's legislation requires the NCCC to provide "situational awareness of the security status" of the portions of the Internet that are inside the United States -- and also those portions in other countries that, if disrupted, could cause significant harm.

    Selected private companies would be required to participate in "information sharing" with the Feds. They must "certify in writing to the director" of the NCCC whether they have "developed and implemented" federally approved security measures, which could be anything from encryption to physical security mechanisms, or programming techniques that have been "approved by the director." The NCCC director can "issue an order" in cases of noncompliance.

    To sweeten the deal for industry groups, Lieberman has included a tantalizing offer absent from earlier drafts: immunity from civil lawsuits. If a software company's programming error costs customers billions, or a broadband provider intentionally cuts off its customers in response to a federal command, neither would be liable.

    If there's an "incident related to a cyber vulnerability" after the president has declared an emergency and the affected company has followed federal standards, plaintiffs' lawyers cannot collect damages for economic harm. And if the harm is caused by an emergency order from the Feds, not only does the possibility of damages virtually disappear, but the U.S. Treasury will even pick up the private company's tab.

    Some sick stuff isn't it? I don't trust the government for anything.

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    Ooooh finally i'm so close to finishing this game thanks to my friends! Come on come on just two more hits....
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    Insane Wow No Lifer: Wholly crap, Im almost done leveling up after a few years!! I didnt even save once!!!!
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    In truth, the world Zero/Lelouch envisions is far more similar to communism/socialism.
    (Yeah I know you were probably just making a joke, just felt like being a smart-ass for a bit)

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    I smell bullshit -,-

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    Quote Originally Posted by cirquedefreak View Post
    Insane Wow No Lifer: Wholly crap, Im almost done leveling up after a few years!! I didnt even save once!!!!
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    Hasn't that already been done once? I remember it being on the news.
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    Out hack me?

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    Personaly I think this Wont happen it will just cause more illegal activity... Cuz I sure know Hackers Will go crazy Cuz i know I will FU Government
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    i'm sure glad i don't live in the US lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IncognitoXB View Post
    i'm sure glad i don't live in the US lol.
    It'll effect ALL of the internet. You can't just shut down a portion of the internet. If they want to effectively implement such an idea, the only way to do it is to have world wide acceptance and work together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SillyBlade View Post
    It'll effect ALL of the internet. You can't just shut down a portion of the internet. If they want to effectively implement such an idea, the only way to do it is to have world wide acceptance and work together.
    You have got to be kidding me....

    I think this will have the same outcome as the proposition about the violent games ban.
    It's proposed, people rage over the idea and a year later you get the well expected news that they canceled it.


 

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