Internet "Kill Switch" - If The Government Controls Communication, Then What?

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Posted by Brian
Regardless of how they try to spin this, protection from cyber attack, or whatever, this bill would give the Federal Government absolute power to control the means of communication among it's citizens.  It will be interesting to see how the media reports this, what with all of their cheerleading in the Egyptian protests.  The ability of the protestors to be able to organize was only possible because they could freely communicate.  The first day of the protests, the Egyptian government shut down the internet and cell towers to squelch communication, but under pressure restored those services.  If the media supports this bill, it will be clear that their template will have already been written for them by those on the left.  If the government is able to control the means of communication, they then have absolute control over your voice, and your ability to effectively communicate.

'Kill Switch' Internet bill alarms privacy experts

By Jon Swartz, USA TODAY

SAN FRANCISCO — A raging debate over new legislation, and its impact on the Internet, has tongues wagging and fingers pointing from Silicon Valley to Washington, D.C.

Just as the Egyptian government recently forced the Internet to go dark, U.S. officials could flip the switch if the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset legislation becomes law, say its critics.

Proponents of the bill, which is expected to be reintroduced in the current session of Congress, dismiss the detractors as ill-informed — even naive.

The ominously nicknamed Kill Switch bill is sure to be a flashpoint of discussion at the RSA Conference, the nation's largest gathering of computer-security experts that takes place here this week.

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