I thought about posting this article on Geek Shui Living, but honestly, I don’t think something as obviously biased as what I’m going to write should go there. I want to talk to you all for a little bit about something that truly scares the bejeesus out of me: The Internet Kill Switch.
That’s the colloquial term for the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, or PCNAA.The bill, Senate Bill 3840, was passed by the Homeland Security Committee and will be sent to the Senate floor for debate and voting. This bill actually fine tunes and specifies powers already given to the President under the Communications Act of 1934 (which gives the President authority over all wired communications in times of emergency). Honestly, though, the very concept goes against everything it is to be American. Not only does it assume that American business would not act in the best interest of the nation (foreign companies might not, but they would already likely be pushed out in a time of war), but also that the American people themselves aren’t responsible and may need to be urged into action.
This bill reeks of the typical Democratic garbage that Americans aren’t capable of taking care of themselves, and can’t be relied upon to act responsibly when needed. Their entire party platform seems built around the idea that a governments job is to take care of the people, implying that they know better than we do what’s best for us.
Of course, this is all under the guise of National Security. You know what? We get attacked 1.8 million times a day, and we’ve handled it pretty well so far. Why do we need a new office (the National Center for Cyber-security and Communications or NCCC, which would be a division of the Department of Homeland Security)? Where is the money going to come from to fund this office and it’s activities?
Don’t get me wrong, I believe in having a secure network and in the government doing what it can to secure our national interests, but is now the right time to do it? And is it really necessary? It seems to be a thinly veiled attempt to get around wireless providers exclusion from the Act of 1934, since all wireless providers are also ISP’s they fall into the purview of this new law.
It should also be noted that this act doesn’t negate or revoke the Act of 1934, so the President can, in a time of war, control all media outlets now.
Great. Just what I wanted.