This should scare the bejesus out of all of us. Be afraid...be very afraid.
Here is the text of a letter I sent to our Senators in Washington, D. C.: Mary Landrieu - D and David Vitter - R....
RE: S. 773, Cybersecurity Act of 2009, by Jay Rockefeller, IV, D - WV.
Excerpt from the Bill of Rights, the First Ten Amendments to the United States Constitution:
...I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
It has come to my attention that Senator Jay Rockefeller, D - WV, has proposed a bill, S. 773, which would give the President of the United States authority to regulate internet traffic in times of national emergency. Were this to happen, it would be clear violation of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
While the founding fathers could never have foreseen the explosion of information that became available upon the development of the internet, they clearly were visionary in realizing that the ability to freely exchange information was crucial to the longevity of our fledgling nation. In addition, many of the history’s most profound humanitarian catastrophes were driven by the proliferation of government-generated propaganda. It is imperative that we, as a culture which champions personal freedom, avoid taking any action giving the government the power to regulate the free exchange of information.
This bill must not pass in any configuration. Please vote “NO” to S. 773