diberry - 4:42 am on Jul 12, 2012 (gmt 0)
I'm wondering how much this has to do with the flash mobbings that have fueled a lot of Arab Spring and the Occupy movement. Everybody Twitters everybody else, and they swarm on a place in such numbers they can't be controlled. As much as I support the right to demonstrate, mobs can get extremely dangerous and end up doing things they regret. The ability to shut Twitter down temporarily could be a good thing in the right circumstances.
Sadly, the US's track record on applying the right policies in the right circumstances leaves me pretty concerned. And even if the current administration's heart is in the right place, this law will remain in place for future presidents, and who knows what they'll be like.