I hate to say it, but legalities and rights aside, do we really want the government to try to manage core infrastructure during an emergency? :p
Can anyone say "downtime"?
Oh that did make me laugh. Well done .
I read the PDF summary and it doesn't seem particularly bad in all honesty, although I think what's being forgotten or overlooked is that the US cannot have complete control over the internet, so their abilities/powers would still stop at the border, whereas internet threats do not.
The other problem I see is that it wants to make the profession of network hacking certified (I would assume akin to a doctor being certified?) I find that preposterous, who would sign up for that? Any true hacker would still want to maintain their anonymity or at least not be in a large database with all their details.
This legislation has been around for a while and we've discussed it here before. But this is the first time I remember hearing that this law does not require Congress to be involved. AFAIK, Congress = the Legislative Branch of government. Who else would create this new law?
I find it completely ironic that our government developed the Internet (Arpanet, via DARPA/DoD) in order to protect our communications, yet now the President wants the power to shut down our communications?