In a statement yesterday, the politicians said their intent was to allow the president "to protect the U.S. from external cyber attacks," not to shut down the Internet, and announced that they would revise their legislation to explicitly prohibit that from happening....
They said, however, that they'll make sure their forthcoming legislation "contains explicit language prohibiting the president from doing what President [Hosni] Mubarak did."
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Currently, the language states:
...the federal government's designation of vital Internet or other computer systems "shall not be subject to judicial review."
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I won't pretend this is a simple issue. What if somehow a large percent of Verizon's customers got entangled in a botnet that was then used for a cyber attack? If the Government had the power to shut Verizon down for a temporary emergency, it would remove the threat. However, that same power would allow the government the ability to shutdown any and all ISPs if a situation similar to the one in Egypt happened here. What sort of checks and balances can be imposed in a situation that inherently requires quick action?