U.S. lacks right to block In­ter­net

Los Angeles Times - - The Nation -

Cy­ber-ter­ror­ism is such a threat that the U.S. pres­i­dent should have the author­ity to shut down the In­ter­net in the event of an at­tack, for­mer CIA Di­rec­tor Michael V. Hay­den said.

Hay­den made the com­ments dur­ing a visit to San An­to­nio, where he was meet­ing with mil­i­tary and civil­ian of­fi­cials to dis­cuss cy­ber-se­cu­rity. The U.S. mil­i­tary has a new Cy­ber Com­mand, which is to be­gin op­er­a­tions Oct. 1.

Hay­den said the pres­i­dent did not have the author­ity to shut down the In­ter­net in an emer­gency.

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