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Lieberman Attacks First Amendment


Protecting Cyberspace  as a National Asset Act of 2010

Cnet reports that Senator Joe Lieberman has announced a 197 page bill (PDF) which would give the President broad power over the internet.

This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Protecting Cyberspace  as a National Asset Act of 2010’’.

First, “cyberspace” is a concept invented to describe a network of interconnected computers.  There is no such place.  You clicked a link, which was translated into a number, which connected your computer to a server which downloaded a file which you are reading.  The internet is basically a telephone switching system that transfers digital data instead of voices.

The  servers and infrastructure connecting them are privately owned. They are not national assets, they are private assets.

“For all of its ‘user-friendly’ allure, the Internet can also be a dangerous place with electronic pipelines that run directly into everything from our personal bank accounts to key infrastructure to government and industrial secrets,” he said. “Our economic security, national security and public safety are now all at risk from new kinds of enemies–cyber-warriors, cyber-spies, cyber-terrorists and cyber-criminals.”

Anyone who is rational and informed will have firewalls, anti-virus software and other protection against hijacking his computer or network. Only a damn fool would put vital security information in a readily accessible database.

Common sense dictates that ladder logic systems vital to safety and productivity, whether it be cnc tools, water pumps, chemical mixing, refineries or electric grids not be accessible to everyone with a modem.  You put them on a private network isolated from the internet if you have any sense.  And you use the best security software available.

Because some Chink or Ruski is pinging the Pentagon we should shut down the whole internet?  Prevent all access to blogs, web sites, search engines, VOIP, etc.  when cutting off or firewalling one node is sufficient to solve the problem?   Lieberman & co. are  either incompetent or dishonest.  In either case, they should be removed from office in their next election cycle.

Has anyone considered the possibility that routers, hardware firewalls and servers should be designed and built domestically, not somewhere in Asia where the staff may include Communists, Muslims or common criminals whose interests are inimical to ours?   Where is the firmware being written, and by whom?

The President may issue a
13 declaration of a national cyber emergency to covered
14 critical infrastructure. Any declaration under this
15 section shall specify the covered critical infrastruc-
16 ture subject to the national cyber emergency.
‘‘(A) immediately direct the owners and
2 operators of covered critical infrastructure sub3
ject to the declaration under paragraph (1) to
4 implement response plans required under sec-
5 tion 248(b)(2)(C);

It is too broad and too bureaucratic.  Exactly what is in the response plans?  Would that include cutting off access to the Drudge Report & World Net Daily?  Obama would like nothing better than to silence his critics.   The First Amendment is intended to prevent that sort of usurpation.

We have a First Amendment because the founders remembered the Stamp Act.  They knew that the right to publish and distribute pamphlets & broadsides was essential to maintaining an informed electorate.  In modern times, new technology is performing the same essential function and must be protected for the same reason.

Now is the time to visit http://www.congress.org/ and tell your Representative & Senators to vote no on the Protecting Cyberspace  as a National Asset Act of 2010 and any similar proposal to seize power over the internet.

June 11, 2010 Posted by | Politics | , , | Leave a comment

We are being Screwed!


The Free Enterprise Nation reports that President Obama signed Executive Order 13495 January 30′ 09.  I do not recall any prior information about this order.

Examine the President’s rationale.

When a service contract expires, and a follow-on contract is awarded for the same service, at the same location, the successor contractor or its subcontractors often hires the majority of the predecessor’s employees.  On some occasions, however, a successor contractor or its subcontractors hires a new work force, thus displacing the predecessor’s employees.

The Federal Government’s procurement interests in economy and efficiency are served when the successor contractor hires the predecessor’s employees.  A carryover work force reduces disruption to the delivery of services during the period of transition between contractors and provides the Federal Government the benefits of an experienced and trained work force that is familiar with the Federal Government’s personnel, facilities, and requirements.

Paying more for services because of union extortion is not consistent with economy & efficiency.  When government and unions gang up on us, the government wastes money, paying higher than market costs for goods and services, while the wages and benefits extorted by unions create an economic imbalance, reducing our buying power.

In effect, President Obama is greasing the palms of the union bosses who helped to finance his election campaign. Union members pay dues, which are used to elect their democrat patrons as well as provide luxurious wages and perks for the union bosses.  The bottom line: corruption; political patronage at its worst.

Freedom of association includes the freedom not to associate.  When the government coerces union membership, it steals a precious right as well as money from its victims.  it also solidifies its grasp on power.   That is the intent of the “The Employee Free Choice Act”, which greases the skids for coerced union membership.

We must bear these issues in mind when we go to the polls, both in the primaries and November second. Let this be a warning to you; be careful when voting and make no mistakes.  Investigate the candidate’s associates, read their writings, listen to their speeches and check their criminal records.  Find out who is financing their campaigns.  Know who you are voting for!

June 11, 2010 Posted by | Politics | , | Leave a comment

   

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