Sponsors of legislation that would give the president the authority to shut down the Internet during a national emergency are coming out to defend their bill in the face of criticism that the bill is a threat to free speech.
“We will ensure that any legislation that moves in this Congress contains explicit language prohibiting the President from doing what President Mubarak did,” Independent Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, Democratic Senator Tom Carper of Delaware, and Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine said in a statement released Tuesday.
However, the “protections” listed in the statement merely clarified that the president would be forced to notify Congress and would require congressional approval to extend the action longer than 120 days.
The statement furthermore said that the legislation would require that there be an ongoing or imminent attack with “national or regional catastrophic effects.”
Apparently the Demo-Socialists in Congress are not paying attention to Egypt, where Mubarak is doing just what they want to give “DUDE” the power to do – shut down the internet. This is a high value target to them because they control the Lamestream media. Without talk radio (think “Fairness doctrine and the whole “Hush Rush” campaign) and the internet, (think a thousand conservative bloggers and, of course Andrew Breitbart) there would be no stopping the slide into outright fascism.
Basically they want to give a wanna-be tinpon despot, affirmative-actioned into a position he was utterly unprepared for, the right to go full Mu-Barak on us for a period of 120 days before any checks or balances come into play. If that doesn’t scare you, you are brain-dead.