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Obama To Issue Cybersecurity Order Today

February 13, 2013 by  

Obama To Issue Cybersecurity Order Today

President Barack Obama is expected to sign an executive order today to create new standards related to what private-sector companies must do to protect their computer systems from a cybersecurity breach.

The prospect of a cybersecurity executive order being on the horizon was raised last year when, due to outcry from Internet privacy groups, Congress refused to pass the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). The bill was criticized by privacy advocates because it created a government/private sector information pipeline and broadly defined information that could be snooped by government agencies with the help of service providers as “information directly pertaining to a vulnerability of, or threat to a system or network.”

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney confirmed this week that the President will now work unilaterally to implement cybersecurity provisions similar to CISPA, but he didn’t give any details.

“It represents a huge challenge for our country. He has called on Congress to take action. Unfortunately, Congress has thus far refused legislatively,” he said at a press briefing with reporters. “But I don’t have any previews to provide.”

A draft executive order that is similar in nature to the original CISPA bill, however, details what the President likely has in mind. Hyped as a “voluntary” effort with a public/private partnership and cooperation, the measure charges government regulators with the following:

  • Determine what pre-existing authority they have to regulate cybersecurity.
  • Create a “prioritized… set of actions” that should be taken to “mitigate or remediate identified cybersecurity risks.”
  • Finally, regulators “are encouraged to propose regulations… based on such set of prioritized actions.”

Obama is expected to increasingly use his executive authority to circumvent Congress on a number of other policy issues during the remaining years of his Presidency. This has conservative Americans like Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) fearing the President has developed a “king complex.” Last month, Paul proposed the Separation of Powers Restoration and Second Amendment Protection Act of 2013 in response to Obama’s 23 executive actions on gun control. The Act would nullify anything the President does that resembles legislation. The Act refers to Article I of the Constitution, which states, “All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States.”

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Robert Smith

    Seen on TV: Beware of the zombie attacks.

    EAS was hacked on Tuesday.

    Now, a bazillion hackers are going to try to get into EAS equipment with their own unique emergencies. There was a great deal of concern that they would hack during the State of the Union.


    • Benjamin Fox

      I’m in a state of shock Robert another nazi EO by obozo-the-clown? Wow, he sure leads doesn’t he?

  • Robert Smith

    “This has conservative Americans like Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) fearing the President
    has developed a “king complex.”

    Naw. I’ts the only response that can get things going after the tea baggers have vowed to stand in Obama’s way no matter how much good Obama may do.

    Rand and his ilk brought it on themselves with their extremism.


    • Lou D

      Let see, he’s taken control of 2 American auto companies, Wall Street, student loans, health care, what we eat (thanks to the 1st Lady) spent us into 4 times the debt as G.W.B., signed Exec order to comply with Agenda 21, not has control of the life blood private businesses computer networks. If anyone raises concern about over reach well we are just a bunch of extreme “tea baggers” . Remember, all this Washington control will at some point end up in the hands of the EVIL REPUBLICANS and they will be monitoring your internet, bedroom habits, what you eat, smoke, drink and THINK. Will Obama next wipe our back sides?

      • Chris

        Don’t forget “telling us what kind of light bulbs we can use”………and blocking any incandescent bulbs from coming into this country so that everyone will HAVE to use
        the new mercury-poisoned bulbs……… much for “freedom” :(

    • Charles of Waveland,MS.

      Obama does NO GOOD. Executive order is illegal and against the Constitution. He is breaking the LAW in your face.

      • Steve E

        It’s just another case of: Good will be called evil and evil will be called good.

    • rendarsmith

      I swear Robert if Adolf Hitler were the democrat president you would defend him. Keep using that OBAMA FONE!

      • Steve E

        That is so obvious. There’s a sucker born every minute.

    • empty pockets

      Rob, the “tea baggers” are on your side in this. The Tea Party does nothing more “exotic” with tea bags besides make…wait for it…TEA.

      One day, probably not too far in the future, you may accidentally get your nose out of the clouds, take off those nifty rose colored glasses and notice a red dot on your own chest. FYI–that will be your beloved leader and his regime targeting YOU, your freedoms, your beliefs. All you need do to hasten that is to cease being a useful idiot and disagree with him on anything. Or you could just keep breathing. That will take a bit longer, but he WILL get to you eventually. Statists of any “ism” are after total control.

  • Chester

    Lou D, exactly WHAT auto companies does the government(NOT OBAMA) control? The last I heard, Chrysler had been bought up by Fiat, with all government assistance fully repaid, GM is still going it on their own, with the government owning about one third of the outstanding common stock. Incidentally, that government owned stock is NON-voting until sold back to the private sector. Don’t see the control of the internet, just a strong suggestion that anyone who does business via computer needs to be as sure as possible that they can NOT be hacked. Have heard suggestions about diet, as well as a few changes to what the government will pay for in the way of student meals. As far as control of who I sleep with or how I do it, the Republicans have spent a lifetime trying to close that loophole while ripping the blinds off my bedroom window. Seems it is the Republican party who keeps screaming about the sanctity of marriage because gays want the right to marry, while straights manage to divorce nearly as often as they marry. Don’t see the irony in that, do you?

  • Clem A. Rhoid

    This isnt a king complex, it is a fuhrer complex. Government business: fascism. Actually, a bureaucratic oligarchy. Neig heil! Neig heil!

  • ibcamn

    Sneaky basterds!trying to control every aspect of your/ours lives,they want to know what your doing at any time they please!if a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend is caught in a Chinese whorehouse without id,and is going out with the daughter of a known criminal,you,therefore must be involved in criminal activity and are a enemy of the state and will be held for questioning,if you resist or run,the drones will find you and we will kill you!


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