Will the Internet be Shut Down?
Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), along with Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), introduced a bill called, The Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, last week that would permit the President to effectively shut down the internet by emergency decree. Lieberman said in a release announcing his bill, "Our economic security, national security and public safety are now all at risk from new kinds of enemies -- cyber-warriors, cyber-spies, cyber-terrorists and cyber-criminals." Joe Lieberman is so in love with war. But this raises a couple of larger questions. On the one hand, if our next president is another George W. Bush style hard-right demagogue and he decided that all the left-wing and progressive blogs were a problem, he could shut down the internet. On the other hand, what if Sharon Angle and her friends who agree that Second Amendment gun rights are the remedy that right-wing Americans must use if they can't "succeed" at the ballot box this November, and they start assassinating progressive democrats like happened back in the 1960s, would you want President Obama or Biden to have the right to shut down the internet so right-wing insurgents couldn't lead a violent overthrow of the US government? Is it even likely or possible? This bill is a dangerous infringement of our first amendment rights of free speech and assembly, particularly in as much as the new point of assembly is cyberspace. It's a classic example of right-wing overreach, and should be opposed by all patriotic Americans.