Will the government internet ‘kill switch’ going to be used?



At 3pm ET on June 2, 2019 it appears that Google Cloud (affecting Gmail, YouTube, SnapChat, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook among others) mysteriously (and almost unprecedently) went offline. Was this the trial run?

This brought to mind Obama’s Executive Order just in case you think this is a tin foil hat thing. Congress had big plans too.

Incident began at 2019-06-02 12:25 (all times are US/Pacific).

Jun 02, 20 12:25 We are investigating an issue with Google Compute Engine. We will provide more information by Sunday, 2019-06-02 12:45 US/Pacific.

One Google insider explains (via YCombinator):

I work on Google Cloud (but disclaimer, I’m on vacation and so not much use to you!).

We’re having what appears to be a serious networking outage. It’s disrupting everything, including unfortunately the tooling we usually use to communicate across the company about outages.

There are backup plans, of course, but I wanted to at least come here to say: you’re not crazy, nothing is lost (to those concerns downthread), but there is serious packet loss at the least. You’ll have to wait for someone actually involved in the incident to say more.

The internet is having a very bad day… Zero Hedge  and more of the details and a tip of the hat.




If you think this couldn’t happen, check back at what Obama and Congress had in mind a few years ago.

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. I caught some discussion of this at the time, 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? Think the Dems won’t try this again?

President Obama signed an executive order the week of 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 at the time still had 30 days before it became 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.


Executive Order — National Defense Resources Preparedness

In a nutshell, it’s the blueprint for Peacetime Martial Law and it gives the president the power to take just about anything deemed necessary for “National Defense”, whatever they decide that is. It’s peacetime, because as the title of the order says, it’s for “Preparedness”.


Sec. 201. Priorities and Allocations Authorities. (a) The authority of the President conferred by section 101 of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2071, to require acceptance and priority performance of contracts or orders (other than contracts of employment) to promote the national defense over performance of any other contracts or orders, and to allocate materials, services, and facilities as deemed necessary or appropriate to promote the national defense, is delegated to the following agency heads:(1) the Secretary of Agriculture with respect to food resources, food resource facilities, livestock resources, veterinary resources, plant health resources, and the domestic distribution of farm equipment and commercial fertilizer;(2) the Secretary of Energy with respect to all forms of energy;(3) the Secretary of Health and Human Services with respect to health resources;(4) the Secretary of Transportation with respect to all forms of civil transportation;(5) the Secretary of Defense with respect to water resources; and(6) the Secretary of Commerce with respect to all other materials, services, and facilities, including construction materials



A very good day in the swamp.

20 Responses to “Will the government internet ‘kill switch’ going to be used?”

  1. Linda Says:

    One simple word; yes. (it could happen)

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Mustang Says:

    I suppose if the chief executive can shut down the Internet, he can also shut off all mobile phones, busy-out all land lines, shut down all newspapers, and throw people in jail for protesting (fill in the blank). You know, like Woodrow Wilson did during World War I.

    This, when combined with secret FISA courts, NSA spying without warrants, thought-police, social justice warriors (brown shits), BLM tribalists, and Anti-fascist fascists …. we’re already NOT living in America any more, Toto.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Steve Dennis Says:

    What we are seeing going on with Parler and the like is frightening and while we have been talking about it for awhile it seems like they will be coming after the blogs soon.


  4. geeez2014 Says:

    Did anybody on the Left even HEAR Trump’s speech that day? Nobody said to STORM THE BASTILLE! Nobody.News today is that he’d called Pence that morning and Pence said he couldn’t legally do what Trump was asking of him…. so I wish Trump had heeded that somehow in his speech, but he’d got thousands there on that premise so what could he do?
    ALl that to say TO SHUT HIM DOWN, SHUT PARLER DOWN, SHUT SO MUCH DOWN should NEVER have come from what happened Wednesday.
    By the way….did anybody check BLM or ANTIFA tweets or other venues? Did the Feds go to THEIR homes and warn them to stay home (as we’re finding they did to Trump supporters)?, did everything BLM and ANTIFA do all Spring and Summer not rate some indignation from Twitter or Google or Amazon?
    What a JOKE. How OBVIOUS they are………pray for Nunes, Jordan and a few others who get this and are trying to fight.

    Liked by 2 people

    • bunkerville Says:

      There are reports that the Capitol was under siege before Trump hardly got started and didn’t have the time to get there if they were following him… plus they were well equipped for trouble.

      Liked by 1 person

    • markone1blog Says:

      Actually, yes. I heard it and I heard a recording of it. He specifically said to “go home peacefully.”

      Liked by 1 person

      • geeez2014 Says:

        I believe he said to go up to the Capitol to support “…peacefully and patriotically” the senators in favor of NOT okaying the Electoral College “.. No WAY did he advocate violence of any kind….. The trouble was promising these really angry people what he knew he couldn’t follow thru with because Pence wasn’t going to change his mind.
        I do believe he talked of going home peacefully, too.

        What was it Madonna said a few years ago because of Trump? She thinks of blowing UP the WHITE HOUSE? huh….no problem THERE, right? 🙂

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  5. markone1blog Says:

    I don’t know about Google and the Obama executive order; however, I heard yesterday that Amazon was threatening to cut Parler’s access to the Internet if it did not start imposing leftist “mediation” on its users. The president of Parler was on Fox last night. This morning, there is no access to Parler.

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