Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, has spent months with his aids drafting a bill behind closed doors that would give President Obama and his White House the ability to sensor your internet access as well as your personal data.
Although cybersecurity IS indeed vital to our national security from homegrown and external
I seem to recall China's controversial efforts highlighted during the 2008 Olympics to neutralize outside news and opinions from filtering into their private sector aka "The Great Firewall of China". Now, I don't know if Obama and Rockfeller realize that here in America we have a Constitution? Not to forget the Freedom of Information Act which defines our ability to freedom of speech, guarantees privacy and exterminates censorship. It is up to the people of this country to secure oneself, not a select few who determine when they deem it appropriate.
In 1644, John Milton, English poet and author said that it is up to each individual to uncover their own truth; NO ONE is wise enough to act as a censor for all individuals, including his own government (ie British Parliament). (Areopagitica)
How many more liberties shall we surrender under the false pretense that the government wishes to "provide security" ? This bill will rip apart the protections guaranteed by our Founding Fathers, even if it IS the scary cyberage.
I though the stimulus package gave funds to private companies to encourage growth, development and jobs. Can't these companies create computer protection on their own?
See the 55-page draft of S.773
Bill would give President emergency control of Internet | Declan McCullagh | CNET News | 28 August 2009
Mother Jones article
UPDATE: 1 Sept 2009 | article from Heritage Foundation