Ex-CIA Chief Says US Gov't Should Be Able To Shut Down The Internet
from the um,-no dept
We’ve talked about all the hype over a supposed “kill switch” for the internet in recent cybersecurity legislation was misleading. There simply was no such thing in the proposed law — but apparently some government spymasters would like it to be true. Michael Hayden, who was the head of the CIA until recently, is out claiming that the President really should have the ability to shut down the internet because “cyberterrorism” is such a big threat. While he does say that the bar should be “really high” before such a kill switch could be used, he still doesn’t justify why it would ever make sense. Of course, this is the same guy who once denied that the 4th Amendment said “probable cause,” so he has a history of stretching things.
Separately, since FUDing up “cyberwar” claims seems to have become quite profitable for former gov’t spooks (now often working for private sector “security” companies looking to create moral panics and fears to drum up business), I wondered what Hayden is up to these days. And… what do you know… it appears that Hayden is now working for the Chertoff Group, the “security firm” founded by former head of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff. It seems like that sort of conflict of interest would be rather pertinent to any press coverage of what Hayden has to say, but for whatever reason, Reuters chose to leave that out of its story….