This is really scary stuff ~ PLEASE read it and read the bill too!!!!!!
Senate Bill S.773, the Cybersecurity Act of 2009 grants virtually unlimited power to the executive branch to control our exchange of information. On the surface, cyber security sounds like something the federal government should be doing, but this bill goes way beyond simple cyber security.
It allows the administration unlimited control and access to, not just federal government networks, but those of state and local governments and well as private corporations that the administration designates as critical infrastructure.
It empowers the administration to declare an emergency and then cutting internet access off to any or all of these designated critical entities. And what are those entities that could be considered critical?
From Sec 2 of the bill:
(9) According to the February 2003 National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, ‘our nation’s critical infrastructures are composed of public and private institutions in the sectors of agriculture, food, water, public health, emergency services, government, defense industrial base, information and telecommunications, energy, transportation, banking finance, chemicals and hazardous materials, and postal and shipping.
That's pretty much everything. At the discretion of the president, the administration can, without judicial or congressional review, cut off our access to almost everything that we need.
Additionally, if this bill passes, those "critical infrastructures" will have no choice but to allow administration access to their internal networks. In Sec 14 the Secretary of Commerce
(1) shall have access to all relevant data concerning such networks without regard to any provision of law, regulation, rule, or policy restricting such access;
Without regard to any provision of law! Wow.
Also, it will require that anybody working cybersecurity be licensed and certified by the government. That is anybody, in public or private sector.
Additionally, the language is so broad as to include access to private stand alone computers, and private intranets that are not connected to the internet.
Read this bill yourself, and then contact your legislators and let them know this gives the president and his administration with too much power and access to private infrastructure.
Do not just sit back and give the government more unfettered control than it has now.