Does The Government Have A Secret Plan To Shut Off Cellphones And The Internet?
Does the U.S. Government have a secret plan to shut off Cellphones and the Internet? Let's discuss.
According to Mother Jones, the Department of Homeland Security must make its plan to shut off the internet and cellphone communications available to the American public. This "Killswitch" plan is real, and was devised during the George W. Bush administration. Wait, so we actually have one? You bet we do.
Many details of the government's controversial "kill switch" authority have been classified, such as the conditions under which it can be implemented and how the switch can be used. But thanks to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), DHS has to reveal those details by December 12—or mount an appeal."
So what's the kill switch? Are we going to see President Obama click one big red button, and bam everything is off? Apparently it doesn't work like that. Could you imagine GW with that kind of power?
A kill switch refers to the government's authority to disconnect commercial and private wireless networks—affecting both cellphones and the internet—in the event of an emergency, such as a viable threat of a terrorist attack. It's also unlikely that a "kill switch" would cause a nationwide blackout. Instead, the government is explicitly authorized to target a "localized area"—such as a bridge—or potentially an "entire metropolitan area," according to a recent Government Accountability Office report.
Find out more here. It's a very interesting plan, and goes to show, our government has a ton of power.
Will it happen anytime soon? Probably not. You'll still have plenty of time to check Facebook and play a couple rounds of Candy Crush.