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A new U.S. Senate bill would grant the president far-reaching emergency powers to seize control of or even shut down portions of the Internet.

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.

Because there are few limits on the president's emergency power, which can be renewed indefinitely, the densely worded 197-page bill (PDF) is likely to encounter stiff opposition.

TechAmerica, probably the largest U.S. technology lobby group, said it was concerned about "unintended consequences that would result from the legislation's regulatory approach" and "the potential for absolute power." And the Center for Democracy and Technology publicly worried that the Lieberman bill's emergency powers "include authority to shut down or limit Internet traffic on private systems."

The idea of an Internet "kill switch" that the president could flip 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.
EDIT: Source, "my bad"!

Joe Lieberman supports control, not Constitutionality.

Regardless of that A-hole, stick to the subject of the Net Neutrality issue, try not to make political remarks that have no merit or evidence. Otherwise this will just turn into a bash fest!

Now, preform self control in 3...2...
Edited by PDXMark - 6/11/10 at 12:28pm
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Must..preform!

But seriously, silly idea.
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Source please.
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You need a source link.
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I see the great firewall of China is being adopted by multiple countries now.

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A new U.S. Senate bill would grant the president far-reaching emergency powers to seize control of or even shut down portions of the Internet.
This line is very misleading. This statement indicates the US government own the internet and that they have the ability to shut it down. When in actual fact they want to shut the ISP's down shall they ever want to, not the actual internet.

Do the public not get a say in this?

They also stated it was to 'protect the people'

Lol they really mean they want to censor information that gets leaked to 'the people' in order to reduce disruption.
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I'm assuming they only have control of internet in the states? I don't agree with this at all. Why would you ever need this? I don't see a possible situation where the president would need to 'shut down' the internet.

Perhaps I'm being narrow-minded...?
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I see the great firewall of China is being adopted by multiple countries now.



This line is very misleading. This statement indicates the US government own the internet and that they have the ability to shut it down. When in actual fact they want to shut the ISP's down shall they ever want to, not the actual internet.

Do the public not get a say in this?

They also stated it was to 'protect the people'

Lol they really mean they want to censor information that gets leaked to 'the people' in order to reduce disruption.
They can't promote their tyrannical ways any other way. They realise that internet is their greatest enemy because like you said... They DON'T own the interwebs. The way information gets spread virally so quickly they want a way to control that in case some false flag event happens they can't spread the word/info needed to expose them.

This is a direct attack on Freedom of speech and they are trying to pull out all the stops to restrict speech as much as possible and this would be one of the biggest things that would restrict our freedom of speech.
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lol "protect the people"
and then people get mad when i tell them we live in the most corrupt country on the planet

At least china has the decency to be public about their thoughts and actions
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