The Internet kill switch – one of The favorite new tools of tyrannical governments all over the globe

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The Internet kill switch – one of The favorite new tools of tyrannical governments all over the globe

This past week was a perfect example of how the "Internet kill switch" is rapidly becoming one of the favorite new tools of tyrannical governments all over the globe. Once upon a time, the Internet was a bastion of liberty and freedom, but now nation after nation is cracking down on it. In fact, legislation has been introduced once again in Congress that would give the president of the United States an "Internet kill switch" that he would be able to use in the event of war or emergency. Of course there would be a whole lot of wiggle room in determining what actually constitutes a true "emergency". The members of Congress that are pushing this "Internet kill switch" bill want the U.S. to become more like China in this regard. In China, the Internet is highly controlled, highly regulated and highly censored. In fact, China has shut down the Internet in entire regions when they have felt it necessary. So what Egypt did in shutting down the Internet this past week is not unprecedented - but it was quite shocking.

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/the-internet-kill-switch-one...

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It is for our protection, you know. Joe Lieberman says so.

Former vice presidential candidate Joe Lieberman, chairman of the U.S. Homeland Security Committee, said safeguards were needed to ‘preserve those networks and assets and our country and protect our people'.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1352375/Plan-Obama-kill-switch-powers-cut-internet-access-event-national-cyber-crisis.html#ixzz1CrEreyvE

I don't know how much more protection I can stand.

When Obama (or insert the name of anyone that happens to be president) said that Egypt should turn the internet back on because it was a basic right of the people, I wondered if he wouldn't have been even quicker on the trigger than Mubarak if the same situation presented itself in the US?

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And the name of the internet kill switch legislation has an ominous Orwellian doublspeak title:

“Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010″

Cutting off free speech is framed with the friendly word "protecting"

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An insightful commentary on the role of the internet in the revolutions currently taking place, including an observation that activating the internet kill switch is counterproductive, especially in an internet-dependant economy such as ours:

http://www.lewrockwell.com/north/north939.html

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The ability of the President to shut down the internet could always be done under his emergency powers authority during a "national emergency"   However, keeping the specific authority off specific legislation is a must.

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Killing the internet has to be a big drag on the economy. Would be interesting to have some figures on the economic value of the internet on a daily basis.

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