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The Podium

Tuesday, June 22

Clarifying Cybersecurity

By Brad

Recently, word made the rounds that Senator Joe Lieberman was promoting a bill that would give the president the power of an “Internet kill switch.” This set off a number of warning flares among civil liberty and privacy groups. To help squelch the concern, PC Mag reports, Sen. Lieberman has clarified matters:

The country’s “electric grid, the telecommunications grid, transportation, all the rest is constantly being probed by nation states, by some terrorist groups, by organized criminal gangs,” he said.

As a result, “we need the capacity for the president to say, Internet service provider, we’ve got to disconnect the American Internet from all traffic coming in from another foreign country, or we’ve got to put a patch on this part of it,” he said.