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.
These bills include granting the White House new powers to access private online data, regulate the cybersecurity industry and even shut down Internet traffic during a declared “cyber emergency”.
Here’s the question: Why does Jay Rockefeller feel the need to expand Federal powers over the internet? Isn’t that sort of what we criticize China for doing? Will our information become as sanitized as China’s? And check out this feature of the bill, the text proposes implementation of a professional licensing program for certifying who can serve as a cybersecurity professional.
Could it be that Jay Rockefeller doesn’t like the organizing power of the internet?