One's Observations

A collection of some things I observe along the way.


What’s really wrong with the Cybersecurity bill?
"A lot of attention has been paid in the last few days to US Senate bill S.773 that would give the president emergency powers to control private sector Internet sites."

"Introduced in the spring by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WVa) and Olympia Snow (R-Me) the bill gives the president extraordinary powers to control private Internet sites in case of a cyber attack upon the United States. There is much opposition that has emerged recently both to the vagueness of the bill’s second draft and the proposed interference with private property rights, specifically the net." (Canada Free Press Article)

An Unconstitutional Internet Power Grab
"Jay Rockefeller, a Democrat senator from West Virginia, worries about the day a "Digital Pearl Harbor" happens. In response to what he sees as an inevitable attack on our communications infrastructure, he and his staff have been laboring to create law that will enhance our cyber security, under the name of S773 Senate bill 773). The Obama administration apparently fears the "digital Pearl Harbor" and their ability to respond-and if the Rockefeller bill is any indication, they think that pulling the plug and a federal certification program will do just the trick. This shows a basic lack of understanding of what the Internet is, how it works, and what it represents to present day America." (CBSNews Article)

On Facebook, MySpace? Obama's got your e-mail.
"The White House is hiring a contractor to harvest information about Americans from its pages on social networking websites such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr."

"The National Legal and Policy Center, or NLPC, revealed the White House New Media team is seeking to hire a technology vendor to collect data such as comments, tag lines, e-mail, audio and video from any place where the White House "maintains a presence" – for a period of up to eight years." (WND Article)


Anonymous said...

It's gonna get easier to be cyber-wise with the easy-to-use Linux platforms (as one alternative). As we get more web-savvy, people will begin to see that government meddling on the web has nothing to do with "our" safety. It's about control. With good, open-source applications, control over which parameters of your system are shared with others on the web is a reality. It's time for us to secure our own communications and protect our own private information. Even the thought of a condescending, bloated and socialist government peering into my hard drive sickens me.

As that stupid cop said, "This ain't America no more" ... well, he may be right, but it ain't China (yet) either!


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