S.3480 - Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010

A bill to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 and other laws to enhance the security and resiliency of the cyber and communications infrastructure of the United States. view all titles (4)

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  • Official: A bill to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 and other laws to enhance the security and resiliency of the cyber and communications infrastructure of the United States. as introduced.
  • Popular: Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010 as introduced.
  • Short: Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010 as introduced.
  • Short: Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010 as reported to senate.

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AbbeyNormal 06/18/2010 8:25pm
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I think a cyber attack would be far more safe than the government willy nilly shutting down parts or all of the internet.

The federal government has far too many powers that were never granted them. They most certainly do not need this one. If they are worried about government leaks then the government should move off of the internet and set up their own government network that is completely separate from the public internet. That way they can protect themselves without infringing on more rights of the citizens.

DR1665 06/18/2010 8:14am

What would such a large scale cyber-attack seek to accomplish?

More than likely, the complete and total shut down of the internet – commerce and communication – within the United States.

What would this bill give the President the power to do?

Mandate a complete and total shut down of the internet – commerce and communication – within the United States.

This sort of thing goes on in China and Venezuela. It shouldn’t happen in America. Give them an inch, they take a mile.

What happens when we give them a mile?

zeocrash 06/21/2010 6:27am
in reply to watkins11 Jun 18, 2010 6:04am

there is no way that this bill can be created to preserve people’s freedoms. the bill it’s self is an attack on people’s freedoms. You say it’s important to protect against attacks on the internet. This bill will allow the government to take down the internet within the US, disrupting communications in a way that most cyber attackers could only dream of.

zeocrash 06/21/2010 6:30am
in reply to ikester8 Jun 19, 2010 9:00am

Indeed, shutting down the internet in the US is the same logic as nuking new york to make sure it’s inhabitants aren’t killed by terrorists (i admit i added some comic exageration, but the principal is the same)

mdimore 06/19/2010 8:18am

this bill is the cyber 9/11 that it is supposed to defend against. i think it is an absurd idea that could and probably would be abused horribly.

tpcreef 06/21/2010 7:04pm
in reply to KenOziah Jun 19, 2010 12:57pm

As a liberal, I have to tell you that you are misinformed. We do not want this bill, and this bill is not one based in liberal principles. I believe that this bill follows conservative principles, and it honestly reminds me of Bush and the PATRIOT Act.

ikester8 06/19/2010 9:00am

The logic behind this is identical to the logic in every war against civilians: “We had to kill the Internet in order to save it.”

FallenMorgan 06/18/2010 11:23am

Sure is fascism in here.

zeocrash 06/21/2010 6:34am
in reply to KenOziah Jun 19, 2010 12:57pm

I’m not entirely sure how this is a push by liberals. lieberman isn’t particularly liberal.

Labyrinth 06/19/2010 11:20am

In the ideology of our founding fathers and the Constitution this bill is a travesty. As it reads a company doesn’t have to comply if they are willing to pay a fine. Everyone knows the government loves to put thier foot in the door, often mis-using the new powers they obtain, and hardly ever respond fast enough to prevent a catastrophy… they only show up after the damage is done. The bill might look good on paper but the government has never proven themselves to be competant or trustworthy enough to have such powers. And they are going to ‘create’ anther agency. Government is too big as it is, many agencies never play nice or coordinate with each other as it is. Even in this oil spill they have no central figure of authority. Government needs to be limited to merely providing opportunity for its citizens and protect us from obsticals in our path. Past that, they need to get the hell out of our way and let citizens enjoy thier liberties and freedom without favoritism to any one group.

toolib 06/26/2010 3:26pm

wow.

the government is out of control on ALL LEVELS.

tpcreef 06/21/2010 7:03pm

This bill is a threat to our freedom, and provides the government with too much power over one of the last truly free mediums. First, government passed the PATRIOT Act, a shameful piece of American legislation. This is a bill that is being proposed out of irrational fear and it needs to be stopped.

As a liberal, I vehemently oppose this bill. This is not a bill based in liberal principles, but follows the conservative approach to defense. This is an extension of the abuse of power we saw with the PATRIOT Act. This is unconstitutional and needs to be stopped.

critchfield 06/25/2010 11:31am

The internet is used more widely than landlines. It is used for personal banking, our shopping centers use it for each purchase in connection with their accounting, our news and media use it. Shutting the system down would be turning off the world. It would be in essence, turning off the power to humanity and business. There isn’t an act that would justify such action outside a world war. People can’t quit living because terrorists and international espionage exist. These things have existed millennia. Believe me, our government has the means to protect itself and each of us are responsible for protecting our own information and not sharing information that would put our identity at risk. The government is there to protect our boarders, that its citizens may enjoy freedom. If you want any other kind of government, hand over your all your belongings. They’ve all but got them now. We need sensible smaller government, not a Dictator. This bill will give us exactly that.

Trisha 06/21/2010 6:44am
in reply to KenOziah Jun 19, 2010 12:57pm

Right, because liberals are always the first to limit freedoms. Try again.

mastermeerkat 06/25/2010 12:46pm
in reply to Trisha Jun 22, 2010 4:32am

this bill expands executive power, and obama is just another slimy politicians. hes gonna sign it.

dennycraine 06/18/2010 11:21am
in reply to watkins11 Jun 18, 2010 6:04am

that’s because you’re an idiot who doesn’t understand how the internet works. You can’t just “turn off” the internet, even if it were possible (it’s not) doing so would cause catastrophic damage to the economy, All our financial systems, all our security systems … we’re so reliant on the internet that if you shut it down there’s a question of whether society will continue to operate normally anywhere in the Western world. Also the internet does NOT operate via international borders, turning off the internet in the US would turn it off all around the world. That’s like giving a single country the right to poison the ocean or the atmosphere. IT DOES NOT BELONG TO US.

zxcvmjg 07/13/2010 10:24pm
in reply to dennycraine Jun 18, 2010 11:21am

that’s because you’re an idiot who doesn’t understand how the internet works. You can’t just “turn off” the internet,

How the hell do they plan to do this? I mean, specifically how would you go about shutting down the internet? Good luck.
I’m writing a paper for school right now about this. I will probably post it. I told my entire class and my professor about this bill and they all laughed at the idea. This is a joke right?

Trisha 06/22/2010 4:32am
in reply to tpcreef Jun 21, 2010 7:03pm

I agree completely. If it makes it through Congress, I think Obama will veto it. I think we need to make it clear to him and everyone in Congress that we are opposed to this. Let them know we aren’t fooled by the fear tactics.

diegueno 06/22/2010 8:50am
in reply to Trisha Jun 22, 2010 4:32am

With all due respect, your faith in Obama is naïve. Any POTUS seems to want to accumulate as much power as possible for himself and the office in that order.

mastermeerkat 06/25/2010 12:45pm
in reply to dennycraine Jun 18, 2010 11:21am

the internet is not based in the US, it has no true base.

zeocrash 06/29/2010 7:39am
in reply to mica1884 Jun 27, 2010 6:32pm

lieberman is a centrist.

as for this being a push by liberals, it’s not.

The problem with bipartisan politics is that it encourages the group mentality with respect to politics (“either you’re on our side or you’re the total opposite to us”). In reality politics is much broader than just a simple line from left to right. As well as left to right there is also a scale from authoratarianism to libertarianism. It’s possible to be both conservative or liberal and in favour of personal freedoms. Just as it’s possible to be both conservative or liberal and against personal freedoms (hitler and stalin).

Trisha 06/21/2010 6:41am
in reply to Trisha Jun 21, 2010 6:39am

To clarify – I mean that it is physically possible. I am absolutely against the government having the authority to do this.

JeffWasHere 07/24/2010 1:50pm
in reply to tpcreef Jun 21, 2010 7:03pm

well this may be along the conservative approach…. but the liberals are pushing for it now.

MoCroft 07/02/2010 5:32pm

I lived in Siberia for 2 years just after the collapse of the USSR – the communist party maintained just such a “kill switch” on the phone lines connecting our entire region to the outside world. They made all lines go through this one single point, so they could flip the switch if the natives got restless… (they had experienced uprisings in my region before)

diegueno 06/22/2010 8:48am

A bad idea from an even worse sponsor
http://news.antiwar.com/2010/06/18/senate-bill-would-give-obama-power-to-shut-down-internet/

voter517 06/20/2010 10:27pm

Shutting of ALL of the interet?? U mean not just united states but 100% of internet??? If so, united states definetly shouldn’t have right to shut off the internet!! But if it would be JUST united states, it would still be wrong for the country itself and the other countries because over 50% of websites are from united states and lots of people are dependent from internet. It’s like that because our world is all build around electricity and almost everything works with electricity, we are depend from electricity. If all electricity would suddely have taken off, what would we have? Dead people (without electric devices that keep them alive), junk, crap, sucides, broken cars (because lights doesn’t work), out of order-hospitals, no defense-systems against criminals….. Closing internet is smaller thing than closing electricity, but effect would be still breaking for many many systems….

nochosretast 01/30/2011 1:37am

Apparently Egypt turned off access to the internet for their country. It can happen here and looking at egypt, I dont want that to happen here at all

(yes I’m aware that the internet issue in Egypt is just a small portion of the issues in that country.)

zeocrash 06/30/2010 12:48am
in reply to mica1884 Jun 27, 2010 6:23pm

i hate to break it to you but the red sea is still very much full of water

agent_509 10/01/2010 2:19pm

This bill is extremely scary and a complete violation of our freedom. This has upset many people on all sides of the political spectrum. This bill needs to be stopped. Any person supporting this is either a complete fascist or doesn’t understand rights and the importance of the Internet. Many people have said this, and they’re right, “This would be worse than almost any cyberattack.”

A_Einstein 08/31/2010 10:04am

Look who is sponsoring the bill. We have Mr Israel Joe Lieberman and Jay Rockefeller who is Rothschild and Bilderberg related.

Both these clowns should not be allowed in our government.

This bill must be defeated. The president can shut down the internet in an emergency if necessary. This is an attempt to take control and censor the internet and establish commercial control by corporations leaving average people without a voice, thereby eliminating free speech and our right to access the truth of what is happening. This is the only media we have that is not government controlled propaganda and we cannot allow them to take it away.


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