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Obama's new "Patriot Act".....

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by Brian in Oregon, Apr 5, 2009.

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  1. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Just great. We have had rights bashed and wiped out by Bush's Patriot Acts 1 & 2, and now Obama wants his own version, "Patriot Act 3", the Cybersecurity Act of 2009.<br>
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    I'm reminded that Hillary wanted government regulation of Internet content, especially political content, blogs and alternative news sources.<br>
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    And in addition to this we still have the issue of the UN wanting control of the master Internet servers currently under control of the US military. Bush turned that flat down for national security reasons. Will Obama also do so or give in to UN demands?<br>
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    Bill Would Grant President Unprecedented Cyber-security Powers<br>
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    The Cybersecurity Act of 2009 introduced in the Senate would allow the president to shut down private Internet networks. The legislation also calls for the government to have the authority to demand security data from private networks without regard to any provision of law, regulation, rule or policy restricting such access.<br>
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    The headlines were all about creating a national cyber-security czar reporting directly to the president, but the Cybersecurity Act of 2009 introduced April 1 in the U.S. Senate would also give the president unprecedented authority over private-sector Internet services, applications and software.<br>
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    According to the bill's language, the president would have broad authority to designate various private networks as a "critical infrastructure system or network" and, with no other review, "may declare a cyber-security emergency and order the limitation or shutdown of Internet traffic to and from" the designated the private-sector system or network.<br>
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    The 51-page bill does not define what private sector networks would be considered critical to the nation's security, but the Center for Democracy and Technology fears it could include communications networks in addition to the more traditional security concerns over the financial and transportation networks and the electrical grid.<br>
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    "I'd be very surprised if it doesn't include communications systems, which are certainly critical infrastructure," CDT General Counsel Greg Nojeim told eWEEK. "The president would decide not only what is critical infrastructure but also what is an emergency."<br>
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    The bill would also impose mandates for designated private networks and systems, including standardized security software, testing, licensing and certification of cyber-security professionals.<br>
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    "Requiring firms to get government approval for new software would hamper innovation and would have a negative effect on security," Nojeim said. "If everyone builds to the same standard and the bad guys know those standards it makes it easier for the bad guys."<br>
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    The legislation also calls for a public-private clearinghouse for cyber-threats and vulnerability information under Department of Commerce authority. The Secretary of Commerce would have the authority to access "all relevant data concerning such networks without regard to any provision of law, regulation, rule or policy restricting such access."<br>
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    In another section of the bill, though, the president is required to report to Congress on the feasibility of an identity management and authentication program "with appropriate civil liberties and privacy protections."<br>
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    Nojeim complained the bill is "not only vague but also broad. Its very broad language is intended to confer broad powers." Nojeim also speculated that the bill's vague language and authority may prove to be powerful incentive for the private sector to improve its cyber-security measures.<br>
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    "The bill will encourage private-sector solutions to make the more troubling sections of the bill unnecessary," he said.<br>
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    According to a number of media reports, the bill was crafted with the cooperation of the White House. The legislation aims to create a fully integrated, coordinated public-private partnership on cyber-security in addition to pushing for innovation and creativity in cyber-security solutions.<br>
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    "We must protect our critical infrastructure at all costs—from our water to our electricity, to banking, traffic lights and electronic health records—the list goes on," Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), bill co-sponsor, said in a statement. "It's an understatement to say that cyber-security is one of the most important issues we face; the increasingly connected nature of our lives only amplifies our vulnerability to cyber-attacks and we must act now."<br>
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    Fellow co-sponsor Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) added, "America's vulnerability to massive cyber-crime, global cyber-espionage and cyber-attacks has emerged as one of the most urgent national security problems facing our country today. Importantly, this legislation loosely parallels the recommendations in the CSIS [Center for Strategic and International Studies] blue-ribbon panel report to President Obama and has been embraced by a number of industry and government thought leaders."<br>
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    The CDT's Nojeim stressed that are a "number of good things in the bill," including creation of a cyber-security czar, scholarships for cyber-security programs and collaborations between the government and the private sector. While urging Congress to change the bill, he argued that the "problematic provisions shouldn't crowd out the beneficial provisions of the bill."<br>
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    http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Security/Bill-Grants-President-Unprecedented-Cyber-Security-Powers-504520/<br>
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    http://cdt.org/security/CYBERSEC4.pdf (51 page document)<br>
     
  2. jcw62

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    Welcome to the next Hitler Brian, you whacko's down in Oregon help vote this moron in, so what is all of the crying about....sit back and take it easy because you haven't seen anything as of yet...Brian during all of your friggen crying tell us all about all of the freedoms you lost under Bush, I would like to know what they where so I can get prepared for this moron that we have in office now
     
  3. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Ooooooh broooother.
     
  4. jcw62

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    Cat get your friggen tounge? this sounds just like Bill Clinton when he said as President he had the right to enter your house at any time and without a reason.
     
  5. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    What, exactly, is your problem? I am appalled by this power grab, yet you're jumping me about it.
     
  6. jcw62

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    Brian I have no problem I didn't vote for the fool.
     
  7. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Neither did I. So why jump me about it?
     
  8. halfmile

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    Brian, I think jc has the perception that you're surrounded by Prius driving, Granola eating, Diversity chanting pukes.

    So you have to take the blame for how they voted.

    HM
     
  9. stokinpls

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    Our guns with be safe too.
     
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