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Senate's cybersecurity bill goes too far

Senate's cybersecurity bill goes too far
Senate's cybersecurity bill goes too far

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By William Jackson
April 17, 2009

The Senate should take a close look at a comprehensive and far-reaching 
cybersecurity bill that attempts to assign responsibilities for better 
protecting the nation=E2=80=99s critical information infrastructure.

Based on a working draft of the legislation, there are some good ideas 
in the Cybersecurity Act of 2009, introduced by John =E2=80=9CJay=E2=80=9D Rockefeller 
IV (D-W.Va.), chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and 
Transportation Committee, and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine). But there also 
are some quixotic elements and a few provisions so far-reaching that 
they could effectively turn the Internet within the United States into a 
state-controlled medium.

The most troubling provisions would let the president order the 
disconnection of any federal information system or privately owned 
critical infrastructure component for undefined reasons of national 

The bill, S.773, was introduced April 1 and referred to Rockefeller=E2=80=99s 
committee. It probably should remain there until the 60-day review of 
the nation=E2=80=99s cybersecurity policies ordered by President Obama has been 


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