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Internet kill switch

Yes only in America could they think this is a good idea.

Internet kill switch

According to massive douche-bag Joe Liebermann, the only way to prevent a “cyber 9-11” is to give the US President the power to shut off the internet, because it’s a strategic national asset.

There are so many things wrong with this statement I don’t even know where to begin, but I wonder if it has crossed this man’s tiny little brain that there are web servers outside the US?  Or that anything that impacts on the functioning of another nation as severely as an internet shutdown might just piss them off a tad?  And make them a touch antagonistic towards good old Uncle Sam?

What an arse-clown.

  1. June 21, 2010 at 1:25 PM

    Arse-clown is a very good description for that man.

    • June 21, 2010 at 2:17 PM

      He hits all the buttons doesn’t he…”terrorism”, “9-11”, “US hegemony”…oops that last one just slipped out.
      I can’t believe he is deluded enough to think that every onther nation in the world thinks this is a good idea.

  2. The Walrus
    June 22, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    Well MS

    Since I’ve been banned from you know where might I ask if a thunderstorm passes by your house do you not throw the Power Off switch just in case…?

    Same principle

    And although you might not be aware of this and that’s probably due to GPS being in its infancy 9 years ago but were you also aware the the entire worldwide GPS system was shutdown in 2003 during the invasion of Iraq so that Saddam’s troops were not able to pinpoint their own locations.

    You see the US Department of Defence actually owns most of the Satellite or has “final operational rights” over them.

    Just thought I’d let you know

  3. The Walrus
    June 22, 2010 at 6:03 PM

    In case that was not totally clear I mean the “Power Off” switch on your computer assuming no surge protection.

    • June 23, 2010 at 8:50 AM

      I understand that analogy Walrus, but it’s not entirely accurate.
      A more fitting analogy would be to shut down the power in Sydney because there is a storm in Mosman.

      The internet is not an American tool but is a global piece of infrastructure, and because they might feel hairy-chested and throw out the good old “boo! terrorists!” line doesn’t mean it is accurate. It also means they don’t have the right to cripple every other nation in the world, because they feel the need to show the American public that they aren’t “soft on terrorism”. Tell me you don’t think that would ever happen…

      I think the best approach to cyber-terrorism would be to invest in improving cyber-security…train people to be as good as the hackers and tighten up the holes.

      I mean look what happened with the White House losing all those emails. They went from a perfectly secure and robust system to Microsoft fucking Exchange and it opened itself up to all sort of dodginess…

  4. June 23, 2010 at 8:51 AM

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  5. The Walrus
    June 23, 2010 at 9:01 AM

    They still have the right to turn off their part of it much as they did the GPS in 2003 with the exception of the European and Japanese satellites.

    “I think the best approach to cyber-terrorism would be to invest in improving cyber-security”

    Of course it would be. But governments are loathe to spend on many perceived threats. How many of us dont bother with anti virus software until its too late.

    If they own it. Then they have the right to turn it off or on.

    By the way Sydney can definitely cope without Mosman. It does not even have a decent pub.

    And my inflammatory comment of the day……………..

    The Maroons Suck…………………!

    Off to Possum and Deltoid under a different alias of course……

    • June 23, 2010 at 9:04 AM

      They probably do have the rights to shut off their part, which is why we need to duplicate the primary DNS servers outside of the US ASAP.
      I’m sure the Europeans or even the Chinese will try to do that as soon as they can.
      The question is do they actually “own” the internet? Do they own the concept of DNS? It might be better if it was taken out of any individual nation’s hands and given to an independent body.

      And yes the Maroons suck so bad…5 in a row, and 2-zip, soon to be 3-zip. I’d hate to be as bad as that.

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