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Is This The Cyber-Patriot Act? With Poll.

May 17, 2009

p> Of course we as a country need Cyber-Protection, but not at the same cost as the last administration took with “The Patriot Act”. With the new Bill being proposed for law right now we would have just that.

The bill is sponsored by Jay Rockefeller, of West Virginia, and Co-sponsored by Olivia snow, of Maryland. In the explanation of the need for the bill, Rockefeller say, “We must protect our critical infrastructure at all costs – from our water to our electricity, to banking, traffic lights and electronic health records – the list goes on.” Rockefeller also calls for a new position of a Cyber-Security advisor who would have the authority to shutdown the internet and personal networks. This would effect, private citizens’ banks and health records, just to name a few.

Senate Explanation

This comprehensive legislation addresses our country’s unacceptable vulnerability to massive cyber crime, global cyber espionage, and cyber attacks that could cripple our critical infrastructure.

We presently have systems to protect our nation’s secrets and our government networks against cyber espionage, and it is imperative that those cyber defenses keep up with our enemies’ cyber capabilities. However, another great vulnerability our country faces is the threat to our private sector critical infrastructure–banking, utilities, air/rail/auto traffic control, telecommunications–from disruptive cyber attacks that could literally shut down our way of life.

The above two paragraphs totally contradict themselves, by saying we are prepared, yet we are not prepared.

The Department of Commerce, would become the clearing house, of what would be determined as threats and what should be shutdown, including private, business, and centralized health and financial data systems. If they really wanted to the nation could be brought to a crashing halt in a heartbeat under such a bill. This coupled with other bills and directives passed under the last administration, and not removed by Obama, such as P.D. 51, put unprecedented power in the hands of The Executive Branch.

Jennifer Granick, civil liberties director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, brings up a very important scenario that these bill will cause if implemented. She points out that these bills will be contrary to what the Constitution is meant to do for us. Granick points out, granting the Department of Commerce oversight of the “critical” networks, such as banking records, would grant the government access to potentially incriminating information obtained without cause or warrant, a violation of the Constitution’s prohibition against unlawful search and #seizure.

“What are the critical infrastructure networks? The examples provided are ‘banking, utilities, air/rail/#auto traffic control, telecommunications.’ Let’s think about this,” writes Seltzer. “I’m especially curious as to how you take the telecommunications networks off of the Internet when they are, in large part, what the Internet is comprised of. And if my bank were taken offline, I would think about going into my branch and asking for all of my deposits in cash.”

So as you can see there is a lot at stake here with these bills. We will have no privacy, in any aspect of our live, and why, in the name of security. I don’t know how most of the people feel, but I want my Rights, and Freedoms. For that I will risk the false sense of security the will offer.



2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 19, 2009 3:39 am

    Those who would trade liberty for security soon have niether and deserve none. – Ben Franklin

    If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. James Madison

    Keep up the good work.


  2. hellow permalink
    May 18, 2009 12:54 am

    Nice website, keep it up !


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