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Should the U.S. government be allowed to shut down the Internet during a national emergency?

  • It's needed for national security.

    Yes, the United States government should be allowed to shut down the Internet during a national emergency. Not sure why we're even debating this, since they likely already have that power. In the event of a national emergency, you have to cut off communication for a while to keep your enemies from communicating with each other.

  • Yes, the U.S. government should be allowed to shut down the Internet during a national emergency.

    Yes, the U.S. government should be allowed to shut down the Internet during a national emergency. The government should be allowed to take whatever actions that it deems to be necessary in the event of a national emergency. The safety of its citizens should be the number one priority, and they should take all the measures necessary to protect it.

  • No, communication is paramount.

    No, the U.S. government should not be able to shut down the internet during a national emergency, because that is when the internet is most important. People would need to communicate with each other about threats, and also about evacuation and safety planning. Many Americans do not trust their own government, and worry that the U.S. government would only try to shut down the internet in order to control information.

  • Internet May Be Only Way to Disseminate Information

    In case of a national emergency, the Internet may be the most effective way to pass along information. Some services may be cut off, but cell phone towers may be one way to get messages out from a particular locale. The Internet is a valuable tool that shouldn't be cut off from anyone, especially in a national emergency.

  • The U.S. government should not be allowed to shut down the Internet during a national emergency.

    The U.S. government should not be allowed to shut down the Internet during a national emergency. Communication during emergencies is essential for everyone these days and we live our life surrounded by technology and the Internet. Shutting it down during a crisis would be a negative impact on society as we know it.


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