Senators Dump Internet �Kill Switch� for Cyber-Attack Response
Feb 21, 2011, 15:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kelly Riddell)
"The president can't use emergency measures to order an Internet
shutdown to combat cyber attacks, according to revised legislation
introduced yesterday by three senators.
"The 2011 Cybersecurity Freedom Act -- proposed by senators
Joseph Lieberman, a Connecticut independent; Susan Collins of
Maine; and Tom Carper, a Delaware Democrat -- is almost identical
to the legislation the senators introduced in June with two
"The bill adds language that forbids the president from shutting
down the Internet during a national crisis. It also permits owners
of major computer systems deemed as critical infrastructure, and
therefore subject to Homeland Security Department regulations, to
appeal their status in federal court."