This is appalling because it amounts to an admission that the spammers attacking them are out of control and that unless law-enforcement action is taken they would be able to shut down the Internet completely.
Frankly, I for one would tolerate a few days of ‘Net downtime if it meant that the people responsible for sending spam went to jail. I don’t want tens of e-mails a day offering herbal Viagra or “teens with animals” or whatever other perverted trash they seem to want to send. Nor do I want endless attempts to fool me into giving away my bank details, my PayPal account details, or any of the other scams or cons that these guys send all of us. I just want to use the ‘Net in peace.