I was reading the Cyber Security and American Cyber Competitiveness Act of 2011 aka know as the Internet Kill Switch Law and discussion thereon while preparing to do a blog on Egypt and what we should be learning from the situation and ran across an interesting comment.
"The government can compel companies that own or operate critical infrastructure systems to take those undefined actions for 30-day periods that may be renewed indefinitely. While the bill makes it clear that it does not authorize electronic surveillance beyond that authorized in current law, we are concerned that the emergency actions that could be compelled could include shutting down or limiting Internet communications that might be carried over covered critical infrastructure systems,"
Please note the language highlighted...”While the bill makes it clear that it does not authorize electronic surveillance beyond that authorized in current law...”
The current law that this is referring to is the Patriot Act. What does the Patriot act authorize? Electronic surveillance!
Examples:Roving wiretaps that permit surveillance on multiple phones; Section 215, the so-called library records provision that gives the FBI court-approved access to "any tangible thing" relevant to a terrorism investigation; "lone-wolf" provision of a 2004 anti-terror law that permits secret intelligence surveillance of non-U.S. people not known to be affiliated with a specific terrorist organization.By killing those parts of the Patriot Act it makes the current “ Internet Kill Switch Bill” before Congress and desperately wanted by the Left and by Obama, pretty much toothless. So just maybe someone in Congress or a group of folks in Congress among the newly elected had done some homework by actually reading the Bill and took some preemptive action. I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt for the time being, at least until I can be convinced otherwise.