Given the recent news that conservatives are outnumbering and outperforming liberals on the internet, plus Obama Administration efforts to silence talk radio (the other format where conservatives outnumber liberals), this bill has a more sinister character. There is nothing to prevent the President from shutting down an internet site under the false premise of national security and there would be no appeal. I have included excerpts from the bill below along with my comments. The excerpts are indented and underlining added for emphasis (my emphasis). You can read the bill for yourself here: http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-s773/text.
The bill opens with this paragraph:
A bill to ensure the continued free flow of commerce within the United States and with its global trading partners through secure cyber communications, to provide for the continued development and exploitation of the Internet and intranet communications for such purposes, to provide for the development of a cadre of information technology specialists to improve and maintain effective cybersecurity defenses against disruption, and for other purposes.
“…and for other purposes.” I don’t know about you, but I’m totally comfortable with this kind of ambiguity when we’re giving even more control of our lives over to the Government (complete sarcasm).
The premise of the bill is that terrorists could deal a crippling blow the
“We know that cyber-espionage and common crime is already on the rise. And yet while countries like
Let’s think about that for a second…what does
Once again we see the foot in the door approach for “non-profit groups.” But what non-profit would be involved in this issue? Oh, I don’t know…maybe ACORN? Section 3 describes the composition of the new “Cybersecurity Advisory Panel”:
(1) [The President] shall appoint as members of the panel representatives of industry, academic, non-profit organizations, interest groups and advocacy organizations, and State and local governments who are qualified to provide advice and information on cybersecurity research, development, demonstrations, education, technology transfer, commercial application, or societal and civil liberty concerns; and
(2) may seek and give consideration to recommendations from the Congress, industry, the cybersecurity community, the defense community, State and local governments, and other appropriate organizations.
Am I being unduly biased against President Obama? Certainly he would never appoint his communist, socialist friends to such an important team…right?
Not to worry fellow conservatives, paragraph (c)(7) makes it all better. The new advisory panel (all presidential appointees) are going to make sure societal and civil liberties concerns are addressed. Maybe that would be the job of the “unbiased” ACLU members? Perhaps American’s for Democracy Now? Not only that, but they’re going to report out every 2 years per paragraph (d). Let’s see, that will be 2011, 2013, 2015…what do those years have in common? Hint: they’re non-election years.
(7) whether societal and civil liberty concerns are adequately addressed.
There’s more money and power for ACORN in section 5. Nothing about this section worries me, though (more sarcasm):
(a) CREATION AND SUPPORT OF CYBERSECURITY CENTERS- The Secretary of Commerce shall provide assistance for the creation and support of Regional Cybersecurity Centers for the promotion and implementation of cybersecurity standards. Each Center shall be affiliated with a United States-based nonprofit institution or organization, or consortium thereof, that applies for and is awarded financial assistance under this section.