Down With The Net

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Published on: November 21, 2011
   

Down With the Net!

by
Henry Barnes

In the history of the world there has never been a bigger community or a more powerful threat to the ruling elite than the Net. That’s why it must be controlled or shut down. — Book of Common Misery

Those who read my articles know that I have predicted that the Second Hussein (Obama) administration will invade the Net; it is a far bigger threat than conservative talk radio. Many pooh-poohed this notion. Today, it was disclosed that a bill is in the planning to shut down the PCs of individual citizens. This means that the Feds can shut down your computer for little or no reason.
Bill would give president emergency control of Internet
This CNET headline was followed by:
Internet companies and civil liberties groups were alarmed this spring when a U.S. Senate bill proposed handing the White House the power to disconnect private-sector computers from the Internet.
(Those of you who read my posts were not surprised, you understand that it is part of an ongoing shutdown of America.)
The new version would allow the president to “declare a cybersecurity emergency” relating to “non-governmental” computer networks and do what’s necessary to respond to the threat. Other sections of the proposal include a federal certification program for “cybersecurity professionals,” and a requirement that certain computer systems and networks in the private sector be managed by people who have been awarded that license.
“I think the redraft, while improved, remains troubling due to its vagueness,” said Larry Clinton, president of the Internet Security Alliance, which counts representatives of Verizon, Verisign, Nortel, and Carnegie Mellon University on its board. “It is unclear what authority Sen. Rockefeller thinks is necessary over the private sector. Unless this is clarified, we cannot properly analyze, let alone support the bill.”
When Rockefeller, the chairman of the Senate Commerce committee, and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) introduced the original bill in April, they claimed it was vital to protect national cybersecurity. “We must protect our critical infrastructure at all costs–from our water to our electricity, to banking, traffic lights and electronic health records,” Rockefeller said.
…the most controversial language begins in Section 201, which permits the president to “direct the national response to the cyber threat” if necessary for “the national defense and security.” The White House is supposed to engage in “periodic mapping” of private networks deemed to be critical, and those companies “shall share” requested information with the federal government. (“Cyber” is defined as anything having to do with the Internet, telecommunications, computers, or computer networks.) [underlining is mine]
The following are excerts from Sec. 201 of the bill:
SEC. 201. CYBERSECURITY RESPONSIBILITIES AND AU- 11
AUTHORITY.

The President

(1) within 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, shall develop and implement a comprehensive national cybersecurity strategy, which shall include:
(A) a long-term vision of the Nation’s cybersecurity future; and
(B) a plan that encompasses all aspects of national security, including the participation of the private sector, including critical infrastructure operators and managers;
(2) in the event of an immediate threat to strategic national interests involving compromised Federal Authority Government or United States critical infrastructure information system or network
(A) may declare a cybersecurity emergency; and
(B) may, if the President finds it necessary for the national defense and security, and in coordination with relevant industry sectors, direct the national response to the cyber threat and the timely restoration of the affected critical infrastructure information system or network;
(3) shall, in coordination with various critical infrastructure industry sectors, develop detailed cyber emergency response and restoration plans for each critical infrastructure industry sector;
(4) shall, through the appropriate department or agency, review critical functions that would be needed after a cybersecurity attack and develop a strategy for the acquisition, storage, and periodic replacement of equipment to support those functions;
(5) shall direct the periodic mapping of Federal Government and United States critical infrastructure information systems or networks, and shall develop metrics to measure the effectiveness of the mapping process;
(6) shall, through the Office of Science and Technology Policy, direct an annual review of all Federal cyber technology research and development investments;
(7) may delegate original classification authority to the appropriate Federal official for the purposes of improving the Nation’s cybersecurity posture;
(8) shall, through the appropriate department or agency, promulgate rules for Federal professional responsibilities regarding cybersecurity, and shall provide to the Congress an annual report on Federal agency compliance with those rules;
(9) shall withhold additional compensation, direct corrective action for Federal personnel, or terminate a Federal contract in violation of Federal rules, and shall report any such action to the Congress in an unclassified format within 48 hours after taking any such action; and
(10) shall notify the Congress within 48 hours after providing a cyber-related certification of legality to a United States person.
SEC. 202. BIENNIAL CYBER REVIEW
IN GENERAL.—Beginning with 2013 and in every second year thereafter, the President, or the President’s appointee shall conduct a cyber review.
There are far too many who believe it can’t happen here. That Rainbowland (what used to be America) is a special place protected by God. But as it says in the Good Book, heaven only helps those who help themselves. A nation sans leadership is a blind man about to step off the edge of a cliff.

   

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