Today's C4L mailing on "The Cybersecurity Act of 2009."Submitted by surple on Thu, 10/08/2009 - 23:00
Today's email was regarding the cyber security act. It talked about the president getting "vague" powers to shut down the Internet, and the "bill mandates that private-sector networks only be managed by government-licensed "cybersecurity professionals.""
However, the wording of this email is less than honest as far as I can tell. If you look at the bill itself, it says:
"may declare a cybersecurity emergency and order the limitation or shutdown of Internet traffic to and from any compromised Federal Government or United States critical infrastructure information system or network;"
Likewise with "cybersecurity professionals":
"(b) MANDATORY LICENSING- Beginning 3 years after the date of enactment of this Act, it shall be unlawful for any individual to engage in business in the United States, or to be employed in the United States, as a provider of cybersecurity services to any Federal agency or an information system or network designated by the President, or the President’s designee, as a critical infrastructure information system or network, who is not licensed and certified under the program."
This doesn't at all say he can shut down the internet, nor that all private-sector networks be managed by government-licensed professionals.
Am I missing something? Because if I'm not, I find this just to be disguising skewed propaganda.