Obama signed Executive Order empowering Kill Switch over the Internet

On July 12, 2012 I posted the following story below. The Executive Order appeared in the Federal Register and there were 30 days for comment. There was little if any concern, and we bloggers were simply tin foil hat folks. I suggest one of the most dangerous moves Obama made. Now with the recent revelations, I thought this would be a good Sunday redo. So here we go:

Not much excitement about this apparently. So what he cannot do by Congressional action, he does by fiat. The interesting part is that his Executive Order was posted in the Federal Register.

Presidential powers over the Internet and telecommunications were laid out in a U.S. Senate bill in 2009, which proposed handing the White House the power to disconnect private-sector computers from the Internet. But that legislation was not included in the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 earlier this year. I would ask, why must Janet Napolitano cut off private networks? I caught some discussion of this, and the rationale was that  “misinformation” may need to be curtailed. Where did I hear that before? Anyone still wondering where we are headed with this?

President Obama signed an executive order this week (July 12, 2012) that could give him control over the web in times of emergency.

According to The Verge, critics of the order are concerned with Section 5.2, which is a lengthy part outlining how telecommunications and the Internet are controlled. It states that the Secretary of Homeland Security will “oversee the development, testing, implementation, and sustainment” of national security and emergency preparedness measures on all systems, including private “non-military communications networks.” According to The Verge, critics say this gives Obama the on/off switch to the Web.

The order, known as the, “Assignment of National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications Functions,” exists to hand over full control of communications and the internet to certain government authorities in times of natural disaster and security emergencies.

The wording for the executive order is of course lengthy and uses politician language, but the part worth pointing out is in section 5.2.It is in this section that the order states that Homeland Security will be able to monitor and control all non-military forms of communications in times of extreme measures, which is essentially giving the White House the on/off switch to the internet, according to some critics.

You can read more about the executive order, which still has 30 days before it becomes a law, over at CNET and The Verge. If you want to check out the order in its entirety, go to the White House press page. From the Examiner


12 Responses to “Obama signed Executive Order empowering Kill Switch over the Internet”

  1. Mikulski Says Cellphone ‘Kill Switch’ worries are Baseless, ‘Conspiratorial’ | BUNKERVILLE | God, Guns and Guts Comrades! Says:

    […] Obama signed Executive Order empowering Kill Switch over the Internet June 9, 2013 […]


  2. mcnorman Says:

    Now that EHR and EMRs run via internet cloud systems, would it be that easy to shut down the internet? I have to wonder. All Hell would break loose.


    • bunkerville Says:

      Nothing is beyond the scope of possibilities with this crew.


  3. Always On Watch Says:

    Linked at Infidel Bloggers Alliance, a site which gets more traffic than my blog.


    • bunkerville Says:

      Thanks again.


  4. Always On Watch Says:

    Will BHO use the kill switch to suppress the free exchange of information damaging to him? You betcha!

    I want to go live under a rock!


    • bunkerville Says:

      Right you are aow. Every day it gets worse.


  5. rjjrdq Says:

    A kill switch for Americans yet China hacks away virtually unopposed.


    • bunkerville Says:

      Right you are. A great comparison of the hypocrisy.


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  7. Conservatives on Fire Says:

    Sadly, my friend, there aren’t enough of us who care. Only when the government decides to to turn it off will people react and then it will be too late.


    • bunkerville Says:

      Funny isn’t it. When I look at some of my old posts they were looked at as wacko right wing nutso posts. Many have now been revealed as true, more to come.


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