Monday, April 06, 2009

Another Statist Power Grab

Senators John Rockefeller and Olympia Snowe have "introduced a bill to establish the Office of the National Cybersecurity Advisor—an arm of the executive branch that would have vast power to monitor and control Internet traffic to protect against threats to critical cyber infrastructure."

Mother Jones reports:

"The Cybersecurity Act of 2009 (PDF) gives the president the ability to "declare a cybersecurity emergency" and shut down or limit Internet traffic in any "critical" information network "in the interest of national security." The bill does not define a critical information network or a cybersecurity emergency. That definition would be left to the president."

This is the sort of legislation that puts far too much power into the central government that could prove fateful in stifling free access to information and ultimately leading to other covert power grabs by the government that would go unreported or uncriticized.

This legislation, rather than being endorsed by both political parties should be opposed by both parties. This legislation serves no purpose beyond extending the government's control over something outside its jurisdiction.

HT: LRC Blog

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