S.773 or the Cybersecurity Act of 2009 is a new bill in the Senate that, if passed, would provide a way for the President to seize control of the Internet in the United States during an 'emergency situation' or cyberattack. This bill is odious for a number of reasons but, in particular, because of its potential privacy and civil liberty implications.
Under the bill, the President would have the power to disconnect the entire internet or individual networks within the United States. There is obvious potential for abuse here and I'd like to urge those of you who truly care about your liberty to write to your Senator and urge them to vote no on S.773 and any revisions of the bill.
Here's the letter I sent to both of my Senators earlier today:
"Senators Inhofe and Coburn,
I'm writing with my concerns over S.773, a bill which will give the President emergency powers over the Internet in the United States in the even of a "cybersecurity emergency". I'm writing to urge you to vote NO on this bill as it is an example of intrusive government and an administration overstepping it's powers.
The dangers to individual liberty and privacy posed by S.773 are numerous and the bill itself is not needed in light of how fast system administrators are to mitigate cyberattacks without government intervention. Again, I urge you to vote NO on S.773.
Thank you for your time and your service to our country.
I feel this letter is to the point, doesn't waste their time, and adequately says what I need to say. Feel free to use it as a template for your own letters or email to your Senators.