Thursday, February 11, 2010

Cybersecurity Act Passed by House

For those of you who believe that the Republican Party is still useful, I'mm going to throw a bucket of cold water in your face. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Cybersecurity Act that gives the President the power to take over the Internet. No, I'm not exaggerating.

The Cybersecurity Enhancement Act, H.R. 4061 states the following:


The President--

(1) within 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, shall develop and implement a comprehensive national cybersecurity strategy, which shall include--

(2) may declare a cybersecurity emergency and order the limitation or shutdown of Internet traffic to and from any compromised Federal Government or United States critical infrastructure information system or network;

And what exactly does "Federal government and U.S. critical Infrastructure Info Systems and Networks" mean?

Hmm, let's see.

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND UNITED STATES CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND NETWORKS- The term ‘Federal Government and United States critical infrastructure information systems and networks’ includes--
(A) Federal Government information systems and networks;

(B) State, local, and nongovernmental information systems and networks in the United States designated by the President as critical infrastructure information systems and networks.

And the worse part, the House passed this with a vote of 422 to 5. That's right. Only five members of Congress voted against clear violation of civil liberties. Only FIVE!

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