A pair of bills introduced in the U.S. Senate would grant the White House sweeping new powers to access private online data, regulate the cybersecurity industry and even shut down Internet traffic during a declared "cyber emergency."
Senate bills No. 773 and 778, introduced by Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.V., are both part of what's being called the Cybersecurity Act of 2009, which would create a new Office of the National Cybersecurity Advisor, reportable directly to the president and charged with defending the country from cyber attack.
A working draft of the legislation obtained by an Internet privacy group also spells out plans to grant the Secretary of Commerce access to all privately owned information networks deemed to be critical to the nation's infrastructure "without regard to any provision of law, regulation, rule or policy restricting such access."...
I do pray for this man, that he might be saved and adopt a Christian worldview, however on the positive side the church seems to have a more vibrant witness for the Lord whenever real or heavy persecution is present(we don't wish for but we welcome persection with a, "Yes, Lord, help us to be strong attitude.") Presently, our president has a clear aim - control! This issue has security as the side issue with control in disguise. Immediate uproar over Bush's Patriot Act(which was a reaction to terrorists)and now silence over many possible government controls. Even the tea party tax protests seem to be waning in interest. The people in the U.S. are basically starved for objective reporting, information, or the reading of history(especially before it was rewritten)and are content on reading the daily newpaper. The leftist media has drowned out any real,persevering opposition to government control.
If this happens, it is not practicable. After all, this is the same government that has enforced the CAN-SPAM act for several years now as SPAM keeps growing. Now they're going to keep the Internet secure? Would they really be able to keep "a professional licensing program for certifying who can serve as a cybersecurity professional" up to date? Even real security professionals can't keep up.
The main reason why this won't happen is that, to be secure, we'd have to ban computers running Microsoft Windows from connecting to the Internet, and the government just won't do it. Until Windows, which has all the zombie and botnet computers, is banned, security will not happen.
"A pair of bills introduced in the U.S. Senate would grant the White House sweeping new powers to access private online data,"
Big Bro is coming to get you America!!!
Seems like the traditional ideas of the freedom of the individual is being redefined! With each new ability of the criminal fraternity the country finds bureaucracy encroaching further upon the rights and privacy of the ordinary people. This response to every potentially illegal activity by government official will criminalise everybody.