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As Egypt's government attempts to crackdown on street protests by shutting down internet and mobile phone services, the US is preparing to reintroduce a bill that could be used to shut down the internet.
The legislation, which would grant US President Barack Obama powers to seize control of and even shut down the internet, would soon be reintroduced to a senate committee, Wired.com reported.
It was initially introduced last year but expired with a new Congress.
The internet is a dangerous place ... US Senator Joe Lieberman. Photo: AP
Angry scenes ... protesters gather at the statue of Alexander the Great in Cairo to demand the resignation of Hosni Mubarak Photo: AFP/Topshots
Senator Susan Collins, a co-sponsor of the bill, said that unlike in Egypt, where the government was using its Senator Susan Collins, a co-sponsor of the bill, said that unlike in Egypt, where the government was using its powers to quell dissent by shutting down the internet, it would not.
“My legislation would provide a mechanism for the government to work with the private sector in the event of a true cyber emergency,” Collins said in an emailed statement to Wired. “It would give our nation the best tools available to swiftly respond to a significant threat.”
The proposed legislation, introduced into the US Senate by independent senator Joe Lieberman, who is chairman of the US Homeland Security committee, seeks to grant the President broad emergency powers over the internet in times of national emergency.
Originally posted by DrumsRfun
The cyber emergency will more then likely be too much information they won't want us knowing about.
If there is ever a revolution in America they will cut it so people can't organize and make change.
I see no reason to supress information in a supposed free society.
Originally posted by masqua
If the internet gets shut down, won't there be a few problems besides 'free speech'?
I'm thinking of everything that moves over the net, like Interac/credit card transactions, industrial 'just-in-time' parts and raw material movement, the stock market transactions... you know... little things like that.
Am I wrong?edit on 1/2/11 by masqua because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by mydarkpassenger
reply to post by RUSSO
We need to write our senators and congressional reps, even our governors at the state level. This is a trojan horse bill, nothing less.
One thing else "no judicial review" as stated in the bill is horse puckey; congress can not pass any measure that cannot be reviewed by SCOTUS. Checks and balances folks.
A bunch of little tin-plated would be gods.
Originally posted by C-JEAN
Hi, net fans.
I HOPE that if the B@$T@RDS ever switch the "net switch" OFF,
I HOPE MILLIONS of people will go in the STREETS ! ! !