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By Ben Bain

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Senators say no 'kill switch' in bill

As the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee prepares to consider comprehensive cybersecurity legislation today, that committee’s leaders are working to make clear what exactly the bill would, and, perhaps most importantly, wouldn’t do.

Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) -- chairman and ranking Republican on the committee, respectively -- and sponsors of the bill, yesterday released a fact sheet about their legislation that listed five “myths” about the bill.

For example, the senators said the legislation wouldn’t give the president a “kill switch” to shut down the Internet as some have suggested. The bill also wouldn’t give the president the authority to take over the entire Internet or monitor private networks, according to the fact sheet said.

The committee plans to take up the bill this afternoon at 2:30.

Posted by Ben Bain on Jun 24, 2010 at 12:12 PM


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Fri, Jun 25, 2010

It's interesting how this is stated: "The senators said the legislation wouldn’t give the president a “kill switch” to shut down the Internet as some have suggested. The bill also wouldn’t give the president the authority to take over the entire Internet or monitor private networks, according to the fact sheet". Note it doesn't state it does not give ANYONE the authority. Not that this isn't even included in the bill. Only that the president won't have that authority. Seems to me that is extremely specific language. I hate to be paranoid, but language like that makes me start to wonder what's really in that bill...

Fri, Jun 25, 2010

Confirmation of these statements must be done before any legislation is passed. It has been a practice of our leadership to say one thing and legislate another. The health care bill is a prime example of this doublespeak.

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