“Right now, China can disconnect parts of its Internet in times of war. We need to be able to do that too.”
— U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman
Said while defending a bill introduced in the Senate last week that would give the president authority to implement “short-term emergency measures” to protect U.S. Internet networks from attack. While many have accused him of trying to set up a “kill switch” for the internet, Lieberman insists that no government should ever take the medium over, but because it was “constantly being probed by other countries for weaknesses”, “we need the capacity for the president to say to an Internet service provider, ‘We’ve got to disconnect the American Internet from all traffic coming in from this country.’”
He then cited China as an example, refuting his previous point.