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Thread: Does The Government Need A Kill Switch?

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    Does The Government Need A Kill Switch?

    White House rhetoric has been heating up lately on the claim that cyber crimes can be justification for war. I believe it is conditioning Americans to give up their online freedom to the unpopular Kill Switch Bill. The bill for an Internet Kill Switch gives the ability of the government to shut down all or parts of the Internet or filter content. Let's here it from both sides. Does the Government need an Internet Kill Switch? If so, why? If not, why not?

    A kill switch will not change security of any particular government site. This must be done by the server, not the path that leads to the server. In terms of business, it is not the job of the government to stop attacks through cutting off the highway to a business, instead it is the business' responsibility to program a server and implement hardware that handles the security.

    Having such a switch I believe creates more weakness in security and gives the government too much power over information. It would make it easier for hackers to hijack the "so-called" protection the Kill Switch provides because software itself may be hacked. And, it would give the government more power to control any content it disagreed with. This could be used by any party that gets into office which would be a threat to anyone who believes in a Democracy. Even if you are against a Democracy, it's a roll of a dice who might abuse this power once it's put in place.

    A couple of recent stories relevant to the issue:
    Return of the Internet Kill Switch
    BBC News - US Pentagon to treat cyber-attacks as 'acts of war'

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    Re: Does The Government Need A Kill Switch?

    only in the case that the internet morphs into skynet.
    Nobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.

    Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.

    All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
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    Re: Does The Government Need A Kill Switch?

    Only dictators want kill internet kill switches. If they are that damn worried about a cyber attack then they can pull the plug to the military servers and computers themselves not cut off the internet for everybody else.
    "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"

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