Friday, February 4, 2011


Internet "Kill" Switch (Seriously)

Apparently, the recent unrest in Egypt has inspired U.S. Senate Republican (what a shock!) Susan Collins to resurrect a dead piece of legislation, which would make it legal for the U.S. Government to effectively "shut down" the internet in order to, as she puts it, "protect against 'significant' cyber threats before they cause damage." What's interesting about this typically crackpot (and un-Constitutional) idea is its timing. Coming on the heels of the recent internet shutdown in Egypt to quell mass anti-government protests, it's not hard to read between the lines of what Collins really means by "'significant' cyber threats." The language of the legislation of course pays lip-service to "First Amendment rights," but so did the actual language of The Patriot Act legislation, and we all know how that turned out!  Isn't it wonderful having all these dedicated freedom fighters protecting us from the evil forces lurking out there in the badlands of cyberspace?

Bash the Fash


 Sen. Collins: "You powerless morons better behave yourselves out there, or I just might take away your internet!"

4 comments:

  1. unintended consequencesFebruary 4, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    The internet is a good chunk of the economy now. Shutting it down will wipe out what is left of our third world service economy. We'll just go back to BBS, dial-up modems, CB radios, smoke signals, hand passed notes, dub tapes and carrier pigeons. As for politics fuck the republicrats and the demopublicans just two branches of the corporate perpetual war party.

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