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Internet Kill Switch Should obama have it?

Should any one man have the power to turn off parts of the Internet — well that is what a new U.S. Senate bill hopes to gain. The aim is to allow U.S. president Barack Obama to have a kill switch in case of an emergency. This has certainly caused an outrage — with people asking if Obama should have it?

In the proposed legislation, broadband providers, search engines, and also software firms will have to comply with these emergency powers. If the need arises, then the Department of Homeland Security will take over with Obama taking control of the Internet. Those who fail to comply will be fined.

The authority that has control will only allow the federal government to keep certain networks up to help keep the country running. However, according to Declan McCullagh from Cnet News, the 197-page bill looks set to have huge opposition.

One of the biggest fears of this proposal has to be the amount of power that the U.S. Government would have — giving them absolute power of the Internet. Do you think that Barack Obama should have an Internet kill switch?

Written by Peter Chubb

Peter has been writing on Product-Reviews since 2007 and in that time much has changed for him, like his hair having more grey than brown now. He loves gadgets and cars, and gets excited when big events come up, such as CES and the big auto shows.

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He started out working in a factory and dreamed of the day when he could become his own boss; That happened back in 2002 and he has never looked back since. Things have changed so much on the Internet in that time, but he has adapted well.

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tommy
tommy

Wake up America! The more 'power' you give to the stinking government, the more abuses we will be subjected to. NO ABSOLUTELY NOT — no way should our Gov have a kill switch!

Wendi Warner

Hmmmm. Thoughts?

Mr. Smith
Mr. Smith

If he had the power to take the net and he dose that what is going to be next out right to bere arms as our four fathers gave us in the constitution

worried
worried

NO! HE should not have that power. The internet is freedom of speech!

Jason Coleman
Jason Coleman

It appears as though we are headed down that dark path toward Socialism, there is no way that one Man should have control of the entire internet. That is public domain, people purchase the right to access it and purchase domains etc etc etc. It is not a Government run entity. Obama can shut down SIPRNET or NIPRNET whenever he feels like it, but there is no way on earth that he should be able to shut down the internet. I would have to say that is a complete and utter disregard for freedom of speach and many other rights.

@Protect_the_Net

Okay everyone, listen up. Too much is at stake to look the other way this time. If we ignore this ‘bill’ these bureaucrats in Washington will take away the one place left where there is true free of expression. Register at http://protect-the-net.proboards.com and let’s figure out a way to stop this bill.

Exercise you right to free speech will you still can and sign the Petition against the Kill-Switch bill. – http://www.petitiononline.com/stopKS/petition.htm

Kat Thomasson

He should NOT have that power!!!! It is just another form of taking away our Constitutional Freedoms. Yes it is all about Socialism, sad to say.

Ira Eisenstein
Ira Eisenstein

The internet is the means of communication for more and more people today.
To give the president the power to shut it off is to give him the power to silence all opposition to his rule.
The Revolutionary War was fought for this principle, and our country came into existence to protect that principle.
Obama has sought to gather as much power into the federal government as he can, and if he is allowed to control the means of communication then he will have absolute control of the country and all our lives.

tlr
tlr

Socialism, here we come! Next, he'll control what news networks are allowed to be on the air, and what we're allowed to hear.

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