Fed to control Internet?


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?



  1. Mike Norton says

    It’s funny, everybody called Ron Paul “chicken little” when he brought this up two years ago and stated that we needed to do something to ensure net neutrality just in case something like this happened.

  2. SA, “Could it be that Jay Rockefeller doesn’t like the organizing power of the internet?”

    Didn’t his party come to power based on the ‘organizing power of the internet’? Just asking.

  3. George of the Desert says

    Jay Rockefeller is a typical meddling big-government type. We need to light up the phones and email opposing this legislation.

  4. Methinks says

    Yes, Ron…. and now that they have the power, it deems as though they would like to stifle the opposition.

  5. Veritas Vincit says

    Conservative Talk Radio; cable news; and the internet are all a threat to anyone wishing to consolidate their hold on power … and, information is power.

    Jay is beyond having a political party. He’s a Democrat because that’s where he could find a seat in the Senate. Its just like Hillary using New York to find a seat in the Club.

  6. paranoia from the ultra-right-wing folks who brought us the overturned Communications Decency Act, the Children’s Online Protection Act, etc.

  7. I am kind of confused by the post, if Bush had done this just after 9/11 or even in 2003 or 2005 everyone here would be like this is necessary for national security and anyone who doesn’t support it isn’t patriotic.

    But now when the demoocrat party does it, there are all these ulterior motives.

  8. Methinks says

    Actually, Johnny, if Bush had done this, I would have been one of the first in line calling for his impeachment for violating the First Amendment.

    And I’m a solid conservative. But I also believe in the Constitution – and not as a ‘living document,’ but as a guide for what the government cannot do – and I believe this has the potential to go very, very wrong.

    I probably should not have made the snarky comment I made earlier, since it really just muddies the water. The possibility of this power being abused – by anyone of either party – makes it quite dangerous. And that is the real issue.

  9. George of the Desert says

    Johnny, by your logic, had Bush proposed this post-9/11, the left would have raised holy heck over civil liberties issues. Why not do that now? Your argument is a straw man anyway.

  10. So Methinks I would hope you were at least initially skeptical of the warrantless wiretaps done by Bush, since you are all about the constitution…

  11. Well, until I actually did my homework and understood what they were, anyway.

  12. Yes that is what i said at least initially skeptical… Just want to make sure you are being consistent

  13. Veritas Vincit says

    For the record; Veritas opposed efforts by all previous administrations where the erosion of privacy is/was involved.

    “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

    We are about two decades beyond that wise advice.

    The other sage expression I believe vehemently is;

    “If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.”

    Sorry Mr. Grayson, I don’t fit your liberal box. And who said I was a Bush fan?

    [now everyone scurry to see who’s quotes I’m stealing tonight]

  14. I made a proxy site myself, I believe the right to privacy on the internet is important, new ruling about the police in britain being able to hack into people compmuters without warrant is crazy. Anyone remeber george orwells 1984?

  15. Veritas Vincit says

    HmIP, GB has gone over the edge and fallen deep into the abyss of the Brave New World.

    And… anyone knowing what a “Rhodes Scholar” is all about, knows the connection between GB and the US – it ain’t about academics whatsoever – just ask Bill Clinton.

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