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Senate Dems & Neo-cons vote to give Obama the power to turn off internet!

This is not from some “conspiracy website,” this is a nationally syndicated CBS news article from their bureau. Even CBS news is now calling this an “internet kill switch.” The left-wing Huffington Post is also calling the legislation an “Internet kill switch.”

Obama is being handed broad unprecedented powers over the internet that could easily be abused to silence free speech.

From CBS News (Washington)…

The White House is one step closer to having the authority to flip the Internet “kill switch” in case of emergency.

The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs approved a cybersecurity bill called PCNAA, or Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act on Friday. The bill would give the president the power to call it lights out for the Internet if there is “a cyber attack capable of causing massive damage or loss of life.”

The legislation would force companies such as broadband providers, search engines, or software firms that the government selects to “immediately comply with any emergency measure or action developed” by the Department of Homeland Security. Anyone failing to comply would be fined.

The idea behind it is not new. A draft Senate proposal that CNET obtained in August allowed the White House to “declare a cybersecurity emergency,” and another from Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) would have explicitly given the government the power to “order the disconnection” of certain networks or Web sites. contacted the Senate Committee to find out who voted yes. It turns out they all voted yes!

Here are the members:

Joseph I. Lieberman (Introduced the bill)
Carl Levin
Daniel Akaka
Thomas Carper
Mark Pryor
Maty Landrieu
Claire McKaskill
Jon Tester
Roland Burris
Edward Kaufman
Susan Collins (Co-sponsor)
Tom Coburn
Scott Brown
John McCain (
George Voinovich
John Ensign
Lindsey Graham

All of the above people voted to give Barack Obama the ability to unilaterally kill the internet for up to four months!