A new bill that was proposed in April would give President Obama sweeping new powers over control of the nation’s networks and internet traffic. Some heralded it as a step in the right direction of negating or lessening the impact of potential cyber attacks.
This bill would essentially allow the American people to be fed information by government officials and would force large cable, phone and other companies to shut down their pipelines and close the information portals that allow for the free spread of information. Such a bill ostensibly is to protect networks from attack and banking, security and other systems from complete failure, but the secret to the bill is that it basically puts the information highway under the control of one man, a man who has shown he holds a grudge against those who bring up points against him, Barack Obama.
This bill, while not giving control under normal conditions, would allow the government to shut it down without warning. And then who would determine if there was a valid threat? But surely the government would be absolutely truthful when dealing with such issues right? I mean, it’s really got our best interests at heart, trust me.
We need to be vigilant in that this isn’t a type of pseudo-Fairness Doctrine Internet Edition. The free spread of information through blogs, alternative news sites and forums on the internet has opened up the news and allowed for false rumors propagated through liberally biased news organizations to be dispelled by studious bloggers. America, don’t let one man control the internet. If you do, it could be the end of unbiased media as we know it. More on the Fairness Doctrine Radio Edition in the weeks and months to come.