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Obama to Shut Down Internet

posted Saturday Aug 29, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Obama to Shut Down Internet

Wait, what? Let me explain. Congress is looking at a Bill that was introduced in April that gives the government powers in the event of a cyber-attack. And I'm talking a real attack, not 4chan DDos playtime. The part of the Bill that has the same crazy people who are afraid of Obama's death panels concerned is the provision that allows for the president to take over the Internet if he were to "declare a cybersecurity emergency."

Electronic Frontier Foundation representative Lee Tien said,

As soon as you're saying that the federal government is going to be exercising this kind of power over private networks, it's going to be a really big issue.

Here is the kicker for those Republicas who think this is some sort of Democrat-led attempt to socialize the Internet: the Bill was introduced by a Republican. A Republican who said "We must protect our critical infrastructure at all costs--from our water to our electricity, to banking, traffic lights and electronic health records."

I am actually okay with this Bill. If there is any sort of major attack, I want to know I am being protected, just so long as everything goes back to normal after. As for you guys, what do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

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