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Is this new bill a necessary "Emergency Power" or Absolute Power?

Asked by Cruiser (40401points) June 17th, 2010

Sen Joe Lieberman has been pushing for government regulation of the Internet for years under the guise of cybersecurity, but this new bill goes even further in handing emergency powers over to the feds which could be used to silence free speech under the pretext of a national emergency.

Is this new bill a necessary “Emergency Power” or Absolute Power for the Government to possibly censor free speech in sensitive political matters?

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ItsAHabit's avatar

This is very, very dangerous. The president has already usurped too much power not granted by the Constitution. Without free speech, there is no liberty or freedom.

Nullo's avatar

I love it when life imitates Star Wars. :D

The proper solution would be to set up a redundant network for the Feds to control. Of course, it’s not likely that they’re actually in this for security. Well, maybe their security.
Come to think of it, shouldn’t they already have addressed these issues when they put their crap online? Making your system hack-resistant is an old, old science. Slackers, all of ‘em!

dpworkin's avatar

I was upset that Bush aggrandized powers to the executive the seemed to me to be overstepping and indefensible, but Obama’s refusal to give these powers up is merely disappointingly human. He continues to disappoint.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

I agree the Sen. Joe Lieberman’s proposed legislation is overreaching and dangerous. To the extent that Freedom of Speech still existed in the USA as of November 3, 2008, it should be protected from further weakening.

I still hope that Mr. Obama will take steps, before the end of his Presidency, to reinstate rights and freedoms to the state they were in before the previous President and his puppet master the previous Vice-President demolished them. I acknowledge that the crises he inherited and which have since arisen have kept him and his administration extraordinarily busy. If the right-wing Senators would stop obstructing the work of government for the sake of obstruction alone, much greater progress could be made for the sake of the country.

@ItsAHabit I hope you are aware of how much more the previous President undermined the Constitution. If not, your statement is mere parroting right-wing misinformation and propaganda.

In a detailed answer I wrote on the topic of the undermining of the Constitution and the rights of US citizens please see.

If you can substantiate your statement about the current President that, “The president has already usurped too much power not granted by the Constitution.”, please do so. I would be very interested to read your evidence supported opinion.

I urge all US citizens to write to your Representatives and Senators expressing your concerns and ideas. They clearly could benefit from your input.

Dr_Dredd's avatar

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Joe Lieberman has gone off the deep end. Seriously. It’s a horrible idea, and hopefully the bill will go nowhere.

Nullo's avatar

@Dr_Lawrence If it helps, Barry’s given us the Czars.
Odd word choice, that.

Dr_Dredd's avatar

@Nullo Czars were around previously. In the case of the drug czar, the title was first used during the Reagan administration, in 1982.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

I agree with you @Dr_Dredd . He seems to be under some powerful influence. I won’t speculate on whether it is of this world or not~

Zaku's avatar

It is bullshit and a disgrace to have such a bill in the USA.

ETpro's avatar

Senator Lieberman sees threats to our liberty like a huge looming shadow that follows him everywhere he goes. When will he realize it is his onw paranoia that is casting that frightening shadow?

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