Thursday, November 15, 2012

Senate Narrowly Votes Down Cybersecurity Act Again, Obama Signs Secret Directive

Eric Blair
Activist Post

Desperate for Internet control, Senate leaders once again put the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 up for a vote yesterday, and yet again, it failed to pass. But this time it was one vote closer (51 to 47) to passing than its August defeat (52 to 46).

The Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, first introduced in 2010 by Joe Lieberman, was quickly dubbed the Internet Kill Switch Bill because of the power it gives to the executive branch to seize or shut down parts of the Internet in a cyber emergency.

At the time Lieberman justified this draconian power grab by saying, "Right now, China, the government, can disconnect parts of its Internet in a case of war. We need to have that here, too."

Here's the interview where he made these statements along with some commentary on why this policy is so dangerous:

Section 249 of the bill states that "the President may issue a declaration of a national cyber emergency to covered critical infrastructure," in which case a response plan is implemented. This plan shall consist of "measures or actions necessary to preserve the reliable operation, and mitigate or remediate the consequences of the potential disruption, of covered critical infrastructure". (Source)

This bill was incredibly unpopular two years ago when it was introduced and America has not been hit with any significant cyber attacks since. However, as the cyber threat propaganda has been thrust into overdrive, more legislators seem to be swayed. Yet, still, it failed to pass.

It seems that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's warnings of a cyber "Pearl Harbor" or "9/11" and DHS Head Janet Napolitano's urgent warnings after Hurricane Sandy were not strong enough fear mongering to move this law forward.

Just before Obama's re-election we wondered how long it would take for him to pull the trigger on his cybersecurity executive order; "this persistent manufactured urgency would seem to indicate that they will not wait for Congress to pass a cybersecurity law. Rather, they will likely bypass the Constitution and dictate their authority to control the Internet by having Obama sign an executive order instead."

And before yesterday's vote, Lieberman assured us that would happen when he warned that if Senate didn't act on cybersecurity, Obama will: "I'm confident that if we fail to act, the president will act," Lieberman said. "I think he has a responsibility to act because if we don’t we’re leaving the American people extremely vulnerable to a cybersecurity attack.”

The Hill states "Wednesday's vote opens the door for the White House to issue the executive order it started crafting after the Senate bill failed in August."

Indeed, Obama is fully expected to sign the executive order as he told lawmakers in August, inaction "would be the height of irresponsibility" and it would "leave a digital backdoor wide open to our cyber adversaries."

Perhaps Obama will sign it in the wee hours of New Year's Eve as he did with the controversial NDAA last year. This way the countless year-end fluff stories by the corporate media will drown out any criticism.

Unfortunately, this is just one of many threats to the free and open Internet.

UPDATE: The Washington Post is reporting that Presidential Obama signed a secret cybersecurity presidential directive: Presidential Policy Directive 20. Apparently this directive was signed in October:
Presidential Policy Directive 20 establishes a broad and strict set of standards to guide the operations of federal agencies in confronting threats in cyberspace, according to several U.S. officials who have seen the classified document and are not authorized to speak on the record. The president signed it in mid-October. 
The new directive is the most extensive White House effort to date to wrestle with what constitutes an “offensive” and a “defensive” action in the rapidly evolving world of cyberwar and cyberterrorism, where an attack can be launched in milliseconds by unknown assailants utilizing a circuitous route. For the first time, the directive explicitly makes a distinction between network defense and cyber-operations to guide officials charged with making often-rapid decisions when confronted with threats.

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Anonymous said...

"This bill was incredibly unpopular two years ago when it was introduced and America has not been hit with any significant cyber attacks since. However, as the cyber threat propaganda has been thrust into overdrive, more legislators seem to be swayed" = NWO theatre that Eric likes to promote. Eric, they are all NWO bought and paid for actors and they are all in on it. It's all staged to happen incrementally over time. Eric likes to make excuses for the politicians. Eric, never expresses any righteous indignation, never calls for arrests, never calls for grand jury indictments, never calls these politicans what they are: NWO criminals. He is a self-fufilling prophecy promotor. I call it as I see it.

Anonymous said...

Eric, why don't you tell the readers that presidential executive orders are not enforceable against the people, but only applicable to Obama's employees. You skipped that part.

Concerned@43 said...

What a sad state of affairs. I'm sure the government and all businesses can pull themselves off the internet if there were an issue. Why would/should they have to shut down ALL connections? It appears this bill is a bid to be able to censor information. Most times the main stream media is so slanted the internet is necessary to try and determine the "truth".

Anonymous said...

Obama and Congress are the posterchildren of terrorism. Imagine shutting down everyone's email and disabling everyone's ability to obtain information during time of war or disaster. And we all know it will be a false flag event. What a bunch of criminals.

And why would they even be worried obout cyber-attacks of nuke plants when Fukushima has melted down and it is 100% covered-up by the mainstream media and we are even told that radiation is good for us.

I see from one of Eric's other articles that he calls for Obama to use executive orders to by-pass congress to legalize weed, so Eric appears to think the prez has unlimited power to do whatever he wants.

While Eric makes many good points in his articles, Eric seems to find a way to piss me off. Eric, with a due respect, you are like a 1st year law student giving legal advice on complex litigation matters. You may mean well, but...

Eric what are your qualifications?

Anonymous said...

This is why I voted democratic. You know those phony right wing nuts who always talk about freedom and liberty would have voted this through.

Anonymous said...

@8:56: democrats = republicans = NWO. there is no difference between the parties, as far as the politicians are concerned. Not voters, but the parties. It is a false left/right paradigm. A good cop/bad cop routine. One time dems are in charge, the next reps are. They switch off being the evil doer and the finger pointer. the 2-party system is like WWF wrestling. It's all staged. Figure it out already.

Activist said...

Hey all, thanks again for your comments.

Anon 1, my consistent troll. How redundant would my articles be if I call for arrests in EVERY one that I write as you suggest?

Anon 841: Yes, Obama can "reschedule" marijuana with an executive order. That would essentially legalize it.

Executive orders should only be used, if ever, to return liberties to the people, not take them away. A good many laws could and should be repealed this way.

If you think that makes me hypocritical on the issue, so be it.

In peace and solidarity,


Anonymous said...

@Eric, so anyone who disagrees with you is a troll, huh? That's what most of you guys do when you cannot back your claims up.

Are we limited to how many times we can disagree with you, Eric?

Redundant, huh? How about one time?

Won't tell us your qualifications, huh? No surprise there either.

What's your next move Eric? Banning people from the site who disagree with you?

You have no idea what exe. orders are, their history or their legal consequences.

I bet you work for the government. How close am I, Eric?

Anonymous said...

Is it possible that Lieberman is the anti-christ? He even looks like Senator Palpatine. Then look at Pelosi and Feinstein, Rumsfeld and Cheney, and especially that old Rothschild guy, these guys look like pure evil incarnate.

JD said...

Better find you a good VPN. That'll be the closed thing to freedom on the internet when the government is done with it.

Anonymous said...


The head-line picture, no pun intended, is missing all of the huge scars on the back of Barry's head...

Mary said...

So...Joe Liberman would have us be like China. IF this bill were to resurface & become law, this will be how the Muslim Terrorist president and his czars will shut off YOUR electric grid; WHEN they create an artificial crisis & declare Marshal Law. They are getting nervous that We The People still have the capability to communicate on a national level, in real time. Another one of their Divide & Conquer strategies. Always have a back-up plan. Even though the elections are over, We The People can still have the power to fire any politician who supports this bill.

Mary said...

Concerned@43: Bingo! You hit the nail on the head. "Most times the main stream media is so slanted the internet is necessary to try and determine the "truth"." The NWO uses TV to brain wash The People, but...there are those of us who question & go to the internet for other opinions. The NWO doesn't like this.

Anonymous said...

You should have intended the pun. I would have liked it better with the pun intended.

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