Personally, I thought it was a bad enough omen when President Trump was allowed to test the emergency broadcast system back in 2018 and sent a text message to -- supposedly -- every cellphone in America. You had no choice but to receive it. And there's been talk for years of an internet kill switch, which is not as difficult to do as you might imagine.
Several of the files, provided to The New York Times by the Brennan Center for Justice, show that the Bush-era effort partly focused on a law that permits the president to take over or shut down communications networks in wartime. That suggests the government may have developed or revised such an order in light of the explosive growth in the 1990s of the consumer internet.