"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."