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Internet Kill Switch Here? Lieberman Bill Causes Worry

Should the president be given emergency powers to control the Internet in a crisis? The recent Internet shut-off in Egypt has some wondering whether legislation recently introduced by Joe Lieberman and other senators hands the government a "kill switch."

Lieberman, chair of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released this statement along with other senators supporting his bill, the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act:

kill switch.jpgWe would never sign on to legislation that authorized the President, or anyone else, to shut down the Internet. Emergency or no, the exercise of such broad authority would be an affront to our...