Patt Morrison for June 17, 2010

Giving the President the power to power down – an internet kill-switch?

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Obama will shut the Internet down

When your computer fails and you are forced to restart all you have to do is press a button but if the United States was under a so-called cyber attack would President Obama be able to turn off the internet? Sen. Lieberman has proposed a bill that would give the President power to seize control of the internet in response to a national security threat. Does the President not currently have the ability to power down? Does anyone? Should anyone? Who, if anyone, would be responsible for the economic damages of going from you’ve got mail to you’ve got nothing?


Declan McCullagh, chief political correspondent for CNET

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