Executive Dictatorship Continues: Executive Order On Cybersecurity Being Considered

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Executive Order On Cybersecurity Being Considered By Obama White House


Reuters Posted: 08/08/2012 4:05 pm Updated: 08/08/2012 9:54 pm

By Jasmin Melvin

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House is exploring whether to issue an executive order to protect the nation's critical computer infrastructure following Congress' failure to act earlier this month, White House homeland security adviser John Brennan said Wednesday.

Brennan was not explicit as to the timing, content or certainty of such an order, but he and other sources made it clear it was being actively discussed.

"One of the things that we need to do in the executive branch is to see what we can do to maybe put additional guidelines and policies in place under executive branch authority," Brennan said in remarks to the Council on Foreign Relations.

"I mean if the Congress is not going to act ... then the president wants to make sure that we are doing everything possible," Brennan said
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Its all for our safety of course.


Senate cybersecurity bill mirrors Russian Internet agenda


2012 parallels that of a proposal made by Russia and China to the U.N. in 2011, which argued for international regulation of the Internet to fight cybercrime. In September 2011, Russia, China, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan urged U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to lead discussion on the “International Code of Conduct for Information Security.”

The proposal called for international cooperation on defeating cybercrime and political dissension, as well as a truce in the use of cyberweapons.

States that agreed to the code would also agree to “bolster bilateral, regional and international cooperation, promote the United Nations’ important role in formulation of international norms, peaceful settlement of international disputes, and improvement of international cooperation in the field of information security, and enhance coordination among relevant international organizations.”
The proposal — hailed by the Chinese government as “the first relatively comprehensive and systematic document in the world … to formulate international rules to standardize information and cyberspace behavior” — was created in anticipation of an international telecommunications conference to be held in December 2012 in Dubai, the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12).

It was heavily criticized by U.S. policymakers, however, as political cover for internal crackdown of political dissidents.

It also prompted a House committee to pass a resolution led by California Republican Rep. Mary Bono Mack opposing the notion of international regulation of the Internet. Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio introduced a similar measure in the Senate at the end of June.

While Bono Mack’s resolution has at least been placed on the House calendar, Rubio’s resolution has yet to be taken up for consideration by the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
Ironically, similar language to the Russian and Chinese proposal can be found in Section 603 of the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, which is sponsored by independent Sen. Joe Lieberman and cosponsored by Republican Sen. Susan Collins and Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein, John D. Rockefeller IV and Sheldon Whitehouse.

The bill states that the “Secretary of State, in consultation with other federal agencies, should develop and lead Federal Government efforts to engage with other countries to advance the cyberspace objectives of the United States, including efforts to bolster an international framework of cyber norms, governance and deterrence.”

And like the Russian and Chinese proposal to the ITU, the bill calls for “engagement with foreign countries on a bilateral basis and through relevant regional and multilateral fora” in order to develop “effective solutions to international cyberspace threats.”

“It is in the interest of the United States to encourage the development of effective frameworks for international cooperation to combat cyberthreats, and the development of foreign government capabilities to combat cyberthreats,” said the bill.

Threats to U.S. networks include hacktivists, organized and state-sponsored crime, terrorists and states.

The bill would make the advancement cyberspace objectives an “integral part of the conduct of United States foreign relations and diplomacy.” Issues would include “governance, standards, cybersecurity, cybercrime, international security, human rights, and the free flow of information.”
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He couldn't get SOPA or CISPA so he will just use executive powers to get his internet censorship.
 

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Remember when they were so outraged that Iran shut down the internet during the uprising but now they want the power to do the same thing.
 

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Executive orders aren't laws, they only refer to government employees. You don't have to obey them. Issuing them isn't dictatorship, it's the President leading the government.
 

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Executive orders aren't laws, they only refer to government employees. You don't have to obey them. Issuing them isn't dictatorship, it's the President leading the government.
So dealers in the border states don't have to report people to the ATF when you buy a gun?
 

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So dealers in the border states don't have to report people to the ATF when you buy a gun?
I have no idea. Are you really trying to argue that executive orders apply to non-government employees?