From the family that gave us the “Fed” and the Personal Income Tax

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Some excerpts from this latest piece of news in our Brave New World:

Senator John Rockefeller…introduced a bill to establish the Office of the National Cybersecurity Advisor…The Cybersecurity Act of 2009 gives the president the ability to “declare a cybersecurity emergency” and shut down or limit Internet traffic in any “critical” information network “in the interest of national security.” The bill does not define a critical information network or a cybersecurity emergency. That definition¹ would be left to the president.

“We must protect our critical infrastructure at all costs²—from our water to our electricity, to banking, traffic lights and electronic health records—the list goes on,” Rockefeller said in a statement.

¹I thought a law cannot have any ambiguities, but must be specific in its meaning–or does that concept only apply to a contract?
²I presume that includes the cost of our freedom too?

6:53 am on April 4, 2009