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WASHINGTON – A bipartisan trio of senators has introduced a new cybersecurity bill that eliminates the president's authority to switch off the Internet.
The "kill switch," as it's known, exists in the 1934 Telecommunications Act, which was amended in 1996. It gives the president powers to shut off all regulated telecommunications if he or she deems it vital to national security interests.
But that's not going to fly any more, say Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Tom Carper (D-DE) and Susan Collins (R-ME).
The three senators on Thursday introduced The Cybersecurity Freedom Act of 2011, which would take away the president's power to shut off the Internet.
The measure states that "neither the president, the director of the National Center for Cybersecurity and Communications, nor any other officer or employee of the federal government should have the authority to shut down the Internet."
Lieberman said part of the purpose was to clear up controversy surrounding cybersecurity legislation he introduced last year, which was mistakenly thought to have created a kill switch but merely limited the president's ability to use the feature.
"We want to clear the air once and for all," said Lieberman, the chairman of the Homeland Security committee. "...There is no so-called 'kill switch' in our legislation because the very notion is antithetical to our goal of providing precise and targeted authorities to the president."
Note.........the internet in the US is not "regulated" so how does the 1934 telecommunications act affect current internet?
Originally posted by Pervius
How many "National Security Letters" did President Bush mail to people to force them to shut off their websites? Anything dissident/hate/outspoke has already been turned off.
How many of those Letters has Obama mailed to Americans to force them off the net?
You'd be surprised at the numbers. Congress is just trying to look good with this bill which will never pass.