This ability to shut down america's TV, cable and radio system was put in place in 1994, why test it now? This power lies in the hands of one man, Obama, the same man that says it is important for him to have the ability to shutdown the internet (and by "going around congress" he can do just that). The law is written so that the public airwaves can be shut down indefinately. So here is the scenerio: It is mid-day, mid-week, you are following the election coverage as you drive home from work on your car radio, the radio signal fails and static is all that comes from the other channels you try. you get home turn on the TV, static no signal at all. You fire up the computer but all servers are down as is your cell phone. Using your land line you call your neighbor, same story. You call family 1000's of miles away, same story. The next morning you receive a call that work is canceled becuse the internet is down. You drive to Costco but there is a traffic jam 1 mile long, Costco, as all stores, is closed, no internet connection. The next day there is still no word as to why all communcations are down, you try Costco again, Costco is open but there is a huge line of cars and armed private security directing traffic. Large signs say CASH ONLY. Four days into the Communication Failure teens and women start displaying "Cellless Syndrome" standing in a trance like state repeatedly trying to "dial-out" untill they collapse, sobbing or enter a catatonic state. Schools are closed, hospitals are turning away all but the severaly injured and ill. At night you can hear gunfire and see the glow of fires, Police and County vechicles roam the streets with loud speakers announcing Martial Law with a dusk to dawn curfew and that residents must stay in thier homes. On the 5th day your area loses water,cruising county vechicles warn you that it is a federal offense to capture rain water. What is your course of action? The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Communications Commission will conduct the first-ever national test of the Emergency Alert System, where radio and televised broadcasts across the country will be disrupted for roughly…three-and-half minutes: “In essence, the authority to seize control of all television and civilian communication has been asserted by the executive branch and handed to a government agency,” wrote Buck Sexton During the upcoming test, an audio message will likely recite, “this is a test” while text at the top of the screen might read that an “Emergency Alert Notification has been issued.” While emergency broadcast tests are typically used by state and local governments to issue severe weather alerts and other emergency information, there has never been a nationwide activation of the system before. Federal agencies cite the reasons for the national test are to ensure emergency preparedness and to pinpoint flaws in the new EAS system. Meanwhile, the thought of the nation’s broadcast systems being completely cut off for nearly four minutes — in addition to broadcasters being stripped of control — has left many, including Glenn Beck, feeling unsettled over who, exactly, will have power over our airwaves. When speaking about the old EBS tests, Glenn said that it “didn’t take control away from the broadcaster.” The new system, however, “seizes control of the broadcast frequency.” If the state (obama) wants to take control…they can just take it and there is nothing we can do about it I have a few questions: Why mid day on a wednesday? Why not not Midnight? Why not midnight on sunday?