Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2010-HR5966- #2196 - New Cybersecurity Bill Gives Obama 'Power to Shut Down Companies' - Prison Planet

H.R.5966 and H.R.4061. An amalgamated cybersecurity bill that lawmakers hope to pass before the end of the year includes new powers which would allow President Obama to shut down not only entire areas of the Internet, but also businesses and industries that fail to comply with government orders following the declaration of a national emergency – increasing fears that the legislation will be abused as a political tool.  The draft bill is a combination of two pieces of legislation originally crafted by Senators Lieberman and Rockefeller. One of the differences between the new bill and the original Lieberman version is that the Internet “kill switch” power has been limited to 90 days without congressional oversight, rather than the original period of four months contained in the Lieberman bill. In other words, President Obama can issue an emergency declaration that lasts 30 days and he can renew it for a further 60 days before congress can step in to oversee the powers.  Read more......  See Reuters article on this bill........  Bill H.R. 5966 was introduced on 7/29/10, and referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, 9 Democrats and 6 Republicans, 2 (R) from Virginia, so I will contact them to check on the progress of this bill.  Another reason to have a Republican like Robert Hurt representing the 5th in Washington.

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