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Obama Can Shut Down Internet For 4 Months Under New Emergency Powers - ‘Kill switch’ bill approved, moves to Senate floor...


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Inannawhimsey's picture
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The 'net is too decentralized for one person to 'shut it down.'

(America has done something, again, truly astounding that the world has adopted. Cheers to them for letting the genie out of the bottle, to give EVERYONE the opportunity to program their world instead of being programmed)

And, of course, reading the seems that, again, the Title of the reporter's piece isn't what the bill is aboot.

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Rick MG's picture
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Good spot, Innawhimsey. The churnalists have run with the "Obama can shutdown the internet..." slant, trying to pin it on him; funny how the media twists the story to suit someone's political agenda. ;-) Homeland Security has approved the bill (of course they would), now it all hinges on which way the votes swing in the Senate. Not sure how that'll go, but don't the Dems have the majority in the Senate now? Then again, Lieberman is pushing the bill, so who knows, there's a horrifying chance it might get passed.

There's definitely been a concerted, global effort to clamp down on internet freedoms the past few years -- the Australian government is pushing a national filter, WikiLeaks founder has to live in hiding like Jason Bourne, and now this bill in the USA. I have no doubts the internet was high on the list of things to discuss at the recent Bilderberg meeting in Spain.

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Of course, the net sponsors way too much commerce to be "shut down" for any appreciable length of time without severely damaging the economy and spooking the already teetering markets. This bill is simply a strategy of asking for way more than you are likely to be able to apply so as to break the ice about internet censorhip in general. A government that theoretically has the ability to shut down the internet also has the unspoken ability to shut down individual web sites according to whatever whim it might have including going after "home grown terrorism" which definition is so loose as to mean anyone or anything at all.
This is in the same vein as recent legislation granted the president authority to willy-nilly assassinate "terrorists" among it own citizenry without due process. Their is slim likelihood of this rule being actually applied - it is the unspoken codicil of the law that is the point - if the government can "terminate" people without due process then it can certainly terminate their livelihoods or their webs sites as a more relaxed version of the rule.

LightImage's picture
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Yes they can and will do it. First, the internet is DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) saddled by ARPANET (the first wide-area packet switching network) all dressed up with 7 layers and second it is run by thirteen in the old days to now 206 DNS root servers worldwide.

Dulles VA. has 2 global and 1 local DNS root servers. Block traffic at the root server stops information packets bi-directionally. I'm sure every ISP has a shut down code delivered via the darpa net network.

The internet is the last bastion of free speech to tell the uncontrolled truth.

Update: Well folks, it passed.

Olympus's picture
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the federal government can do whatever it wants, with or without a bill... WTF are you going to do about :D

"We're all puppets, Jesus. I'm just the one that sees the strings, the stage, the puppetmaster, and the audience." Exerpt from a dialog Jesus and I had in your kitchen a week ago • • •*• •°•

cnnek's picture
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The question is, "Why is the U.S. Congress wasting time and taxpayer money debateing it?" Whether it passes or not, it won't change anything.

What do you think?


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