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Wednesday, February 02, 2011

The Kill Switch

I have never understood why Joe Lieberman is so well-regarded by so many conservatives when he has a long, thorough and disgusting record of crushing freedom and expanding government.  Viz:

A controversial bill handing President Obama power over privately owned computer systems during a “national cyberemergency,” and prohibiting any review by the court system, will return this year.


Portions of the Lieberman-Collins bill, which was not uniformly well-received when it became public in June 2010, became even more restrictive when a Senate committee approved a modified version on December 15. The full Senate did not act on the measure.

The revised version includes new language saying that the federal government’s designation of vital Internet or other computer systems “shall not be subject to judicial review.” Another addition expanded the definition of critical infrastructure to include “provider of information technology,” and a third authorized the submission of “classified” reports on security vulnerabilities.

Note that the new provision to unconstitutionally eliminate judicial review.  Lieberman has also championed this approach in the War on Terror.  While the Constitution does grant Congress the power to decide what issues the Federal courts decide on, this is clearly intended as a delineation between state and federal courts. It is not intended to give Congress the ability to create areas of law that are completely outside of the judicial system, to demarcate areas of American life where they can act with impunity and no balance of power whatsoever.

This is yet another of the “trust us” provisions both parties have been fully embracing lately.  We don’t need no stinking judicial review on their ability to shut down websites.  They certainly won’t abuse that power.

I find it especially ironic that this issue came up when Egypt attempt to shut down the internet in their own country to prevent the massive anti-government protests.  How long would it be until this power was used to shut down an “extremist” Tea Party website?  Ten seconds?

Posted by Hal_10000 on 02/02/11 at 10:14 AM in Politics   Law, & Economics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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