Big Government Wants Control of the Internet

We talked yesterday about a bill that would allow the Treasury Secretary to control salaries of employees of bailed out companies. Today there is another realm of our lives that the government wants control over…cybersecurity.

The story comes out of the Washington Post:

Key lawmakers are pushing to dramatically escalate U.S. defenses against cyberattacks, crafting proposals that would empower the government to set and enforce security standards for private industry for the first time.

Now, the casual observer might not think through this issue, and say “well, that might be a good thing,” but I look at it very differently. This is the government controlling the internet and content that might be published on it in the future.

The story continues:

[T]he legislation also calls for the appointment of a White House cybersecurity “czar” with unprecedented authority to shut down computer networks, including private ones, if a cyberattack is underway.

So we will have a powerful figure in Washington with the capability to shut down networks. Will this czar only use his authority to stop cyberattacks? The answer is “probably not.”

In any administration, this all powerful figure could shut down networks for publishing critical information about the government or its policies. Is this not Big Brother at its finest? A room of government officials monitoring the internet everyday looking for so called “cyberattacks”?

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