Tuesday, April 21, 2009

No Rest for The Weary

Obama is throwing change at the US so fast, citizens hardly have time to realize what is happening, much less fight back. But then, that appears to be part of the plan. The latest worry is federal control of the Internet. I heard a few conspiratorial whispers about this possibility during the campaign, but the onslaught has now officially begun.

On April 1, Senators Rockefeller, Snowe, Bayh, and Nelson introduced S 773 and S 778 to provide cybersecurity to the US by giving the government the right to limit or shutdown Internet traffic and grant them continuous access to “all relevant data Networks without regard to any provision of law, regulation, rule, or policy restricting such access.” Nowhere does the bill define the type emergency that would trigger that destruction of privacy or access to communication.

As you know, the Internet provided the means of contacting people, informing them of the Tea Parties, and making plans. What if the DHS decides that tea party planners are a threat to national security? They’re already moving in that direction. Could a simple Tea Party become the triggering emergency?

Can you imagine being forced to depend only on television news for again? Without the Internet, we wouldn’t even know about S 773 until Obama signed the bill in a Rose Garden ceremony.

Or what about those who use the Internet for banking? Jennifer Granick, civil liberties director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation notes, “Essentially, the Act would federalize critical infrastructure security. Since many systems (banks, telecommunications, energy) are in the hands of the private sector, the bill would create a major shift of power away from users and companies to the federal government.”

They already set into motion the means of making all of our private medical information available to any interested bureaucrat, this bill would allow them to also entertain themselves by keeping up with our bank records.

The bill has only been formally introduced at this moment so this is the time to calmly let your Congressional Clowns know how you feel about it. Before it comes up for a vote, I’ll warn you to turn the heat up.

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