Is the Internet a 'virus' to the status quo?



A bill currently in Congress -- the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act -- possibly will give the president the authority of shutdown portions of the Internet without congressional approval for four months. Why is this possible when free speech is a basic constitutional right?

Could it be that the emergence of the Internet has allowed for so much truth be told about what actually is going on behind closed doors? The Internet is a vast treasure trove of information, of which half is basically beyond belief, whereas the remaining half gives some credence to possible wrongdoings, and plants seeds of mistrust of government and world leaders.

Many people forget the intent of the Internet was for military applications, whereas the emergence of the public portion of the Internet is now being realized as possible interference to the closed-door activities of our elected leaders and they, who are now suspect, feel that the American public should not be allowed to research the interactions of those elected to lead.

How will America react to the sudden shutdown of the Internet, and what emergency would require this? Wanting to know the truth can complicate the plan of those who suppress the right to know, and allows more questions to be asked.

The Internet quickly is replacing newspapers, and the control of information being relayed on sites like the Drudge Report and other Internet outlets leads one to conclude that the Internet has become a "virus" to the status quo!

Bo Slendak