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Elizabeth Letchworth of GradeGov.com has her ear to the vibrations emanating from Capitol Hill. Today she’s alerting us to what Senate Democrats are stirring up in their cauldron of Internet totalitarianism. (It’s akin to what Glenn Beck talked about on his radio program this morning, and what we all fear — complete and total control over the Internet by Obama and his henchmen.)
Please read Elizabeth’s report/analysis and spread it far and wide. We MUST fight this with everything we have. Else we’ll lose our ability to freely communicate on the Internet. Obama and the Senate Dems will use what’s happening in Egypt to push thru the horrid, so-called “Cybersecurity Act” which will enact restrictive measures on the Internet. She explains…
Never let a serious crisis go to waste”–Rahm Emanuel
First and foremost, my thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of those embassy employees who lost their lives in the riots in Libya. May God wrap His loving arms around all those effected by the violence in Libya.
Many watching the cyber security legislation believe that the President will use a 2003 Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 7 issued by former President Bush to make the rulemaking changes on America’s business community in the name of “national security.” In light of the death of our Ambassador in Libya last night, in part sparked by an Internet movie ridiculing the Islamic religion, President Obama could issue this new order within the next couple of weeks–before the Nov. election.
Several Democratic Senators are urging the President, in the name of national security, to do as much as he can to advance the goals of the Senate’s Cyber security Act (S. 3414), which includes controversial private sector provisions. These private sector provisions are strong incentives for businesses to share internet information with the Federal government.
The Senate failed to advance the Senate Cyber security bill on Aug. 2, 2012. The action required 60 affirmative votes to move the bill forward in the Senate. The vote was 52 to 46. (Link to the vote: http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00187)
Sens Feinstein (D-CA) and Rockefeller (D-WVA) sent letters to the President on Aug. 28 & Aug. 13 in which they urged him to act on cyber security provisions since the bill failed in the Senate. Part of the letter reads like this:
“I therefore urge you to issue an Executive Order, or take other appropriate action, to advance the cyber security of our Nation’s critical infrastructure.”
Sen. Lieberman (I-CT), the main author of the Senate cyber security bill, also endorsed the idea of an executive order.
“If Congress cannot get its act together to protect our nation from the real, urgent, and growing threat of cyber attack, then the president must do everything he can by executive order,” the statement said.
Senator Collins (R-ME) has rejected the executive order idea, saying that it should not be used as a substitute for legislative action.
The Senate cyber security bill requires the Department of Homeland Security to develop strong voluntary cyber security standards for information sharing for all operators of “critical infrastructure,” such as power plants and water systems. Many in the business community fear that these standards would lead to cumbersome and burdensome government regulations on ALL American businesses.
Remember what the President did earlier this year—
The President ordered DHS to take steps that were almost identical to the proposed Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act (S. 3992), an immigration bill that had been defeated in the Senate.
Back in 2011, the White House unveiled a comprehensive cyber security proposal that was similar to the Senate’s original cyber security bill. It called for DHS to be granted new strong rulemaking authority.
Remember the full quote of the then chief of staff to President Obama, it goes like this: “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”–Rahm Emanuel