Leave it to Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins to figure out ways to let the government extend their reach even more:
Lieberman and Collins’ solution is one of the more far-reaching proposals. In the Senators’ draft bill, “the President may issue a declaration of an imminent cyber threat to covered critical infrastructure.” Once such a declaration is made, the director of a DHS National Center for Cybersecurity and Communications is supposed to “develop and coordinate emergency measures or actions necessary to preserve the reliable operation, and mitigate or remediate the consequences of the potential disruption, of covered critical infrastructure.”
“The owner or operator of covered critical infrastructure shall comply with any emergency measure or action developed by the Director,” the bill adds.
These emergency measures are supposed to remain in place for no more than 30 days. But they can be extended indefinitely, a month at a time.
So we continue to ignore the 4th amendment. Forget the fact that these networks are private property and this would constitute a government seizure of that property without a court issued warrant. That pesky Constitution stuff doesn’t matter to the likes of Lieberman and Collins.
Adding…with the history of our government losing private data, how much would we trust them “securing” private networks? I sure wouldn’t.