Monday, January 24, 2011

Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act - #2587 - Renewed Push to Give Obama an INTERNET "KILL SWITCH" - CBS News (2) Obama's Climate Change Czar Leaving White House - Hot Air

A controversial bill handing President Obama power over privately owned computer systems during a "national cyberemergency," and prohibiting any review by the court system, will return this year. Internet companies should not be alarmed by the legislation, first introduced last summer by Senators Lieberman and Collins........ Portions of the Lieberman-Collins bill, which was not uniformly well-received when it became public in June 2010, became even more restrictive when a Senate committee approved a modified version on December 15. The full Senate did not act on the measure. The revised version includes new language saying that the federal government's designation of vital Internet or other computer systems "shall not be subject to judicial review." Another addition expanded the definition of critical infrastructure to include "provider of information technology," and a third authorized the submission of "classified" reports on security vulnerabilities. But last month's rewrite that bans courts from reviewing executive branch decrees has given companies new reason to worry. "Judicial review is our main concern," said Steve DelBianco, director of the NetChoice coalition, which includes eBay, Oracle, Verisign, and Yahoo as members. "A designation of critical information infrastructure brings with it huge obligations for upgrades and compliance." Read more......... This article is a must read and one to pass along to others, I can't believe what Obama would do with this power.  

Obama's Climate Change Czar Leaving White House - Hot Air - This’ll be spun as part of the standard midterm turnover inside the administration, but the big difference between her and people like Axelrod and Gibbs is that they’ll be replaced. She might not be, for the simple reason that her portfolio is all but dead in the new Congress.  Which is to say, it’s not so much that she’s quitting. It’s that you fired her.  Ms. Browner had been viewed as a close adviser to Mr. Obama in the White House. A veteran who was administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Clinton, her name was floated as a possible candidate for a deputy chief of staff when Rahm Emanuel departed to run for mayor of Chicago…Obama’s own oil spill commission singled out Browner for misleading the public and “contributing to the perception that the government’s findings were more exact than they actually were.”  And her BP data doctoring was under fire by both Senate and House Republicans.  The GOP must not let her slip out the door quietly without answering for her abuse of power under oath and in the full light of public hearings.  Darrell Issa needs to pick his spots in investigating the administration so that the public doesn’t see it as heavy-handed. Which means Browner, who’s out the door and likely to take her duties with her, will probably be off scot free.......Update: A detail I’d missed earlier: Fred Upton, the new GOP chair of the House Energy and Commerce committee, had suggested recently that he planned to investigate Browner’s authority.  Read more......

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