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Internet Censorship Bill Introduced - by Stephen Lendman
During his presidential campaign, Obama pledged to "(s)upport the principle of network neutrality to preserve the benefits of open competition on the Internet."
In fact, he failed to deliver on every major promise made, including the last frontier of press freedom, protected from censorship and corporate control.
Post-9/11, both he and Bush expanded intrusive government surveillance, including Internet monitoring of personal communications. On April 1, 2009 the Senate introduced two bills, endangering a free and open Internet - S. 773: Cybersecurity Act of 2009 and S. 778 to establish a White House cybersecurity czar.
Both measures included provisions to give federal authorities unprecedented Internet control by:
-- federalizing critical infrastructure, shifting power away from providers and users to Washington; and
-- letting the president shut down Internet traffic for alleged "national security" reasons or during a claimed "emergency."
Neither measure passed. Had they, personal privacy and security would have been compromised through one provision alone - by giving the Commerce Secretary access to all relevant data relating to critical infrastructure networks without restriction.