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The man who journalists and experts expect to be the candidate for the cyber czar position has a sketchy past

President Barack Obama's lead candidate to become the country's first ever cyber security czar has some skeletons in his closet that will likely alarm security advocates, recent media reports indicate.

Former Republican Congressman Tom Davis, who is the former head of the Government Reform Committee, has been listed at the leading candidate, and is well known for being tech savvy.  However, he has voted to expand the federal government's ability to wiretap and monitor Internet activity, along with helping draft the REAL ID Act.

"Given his role in REAL ID, Tom Davis would not be a good choice for privacy, which is something that President Obama specifically promised to protect in his remarks on the cyber security strategy,” according to Cato Institute director Jim Harper.  "Many cyber security planners refer obliquely to ‘authentication’ and ‘identity management’ programs that would devastate privacy, anonymity and civil liberties. Davis would probably work to roll past these issues rather than solve them.”

Davis also helped author the Federal Information Security Management Act in 2002, while also serving as a co-chair on the Congress Information Technology Working Group.

It was unsure for quite some time if the president would select a tech guru, a politician, or a politician with an understanding of technology.  It's obviously crucial for the cybersecurity czar to understand tech issues, and the cybersecurity issues facing the country today, but a bureaucrat who understands how to get something done in Washington also is important.

If Davis is selected, it's more likely he'll face difficult administrative problems -- not necessarily tech-related issues -- as military and government network defense remains fractured and confusing.  The cybersecurity czar would spearhead government defense, and help create new security guidelines on how to protect the country's infrastructure from foreign-based attacks originating in China and Eastern Europe.

Along with Davis, Melissa Hathaway, cyber advisor for President George W. Bush, and Paul Kurtz, Obama adviser and member of the National Security Council, also are two other possible candidates to the job.

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and what?
By Holly on 6/25/2009 2:35:57 PM , Rating: 0
Honestly... I don't see slightest reason why there should not be certain level of surveilance on the internet. If it helps catching pedophiles, terrorists and similar scum, I am very happy to give up portion of my "freedom" and won't mind FBI agents checking me watching Playboy girls, after all they sure watch em too :-)

RE: and what?
By 91TTZ on 6/25/2009 4:23:39 PM , Rating: 2
This is a horrible and shortsighted idea. If you allow them that opening to spy on you, they'll increase their spying powers using those excuses.

We are innocent until proven guilty and protected against unlawful search and seizure. It's not the burden of the people to prove their innocence to the watchful eye of the government; it's up to the government to prove the guilt of suspected criminals.

RE: and what?
By Cerin218 on 6/26/2009 10:36:50 AM , Rating: 2
Those Who Trade Freedom For Security, Deserve Neither.

-Benjamin Franklin

Read it several times, very carefully. Sleep on it. Really try to comprehend it before you so blithely give up the freedoms that people have DIED to grant you all in the name of "Won't someone think of the children!". Catching pedophiles, terrorists, and criminals can all be done today with existing laws. Why don't we just pull the plug on the whole internet and have done with it?

RE: and what?
By Holly on 6/30/2009 12:13:41 PM , Rating: 2
I see the point here, but believe me, it's all the matter of point of view.

I bet Benjamin Franklin wouldn't claim this if his relative was kidnaped and butchered like a pig to provide replacement body part for some monster who ordered this using internet.

And yes, I would happily give up every last bit of my freedom to keep that kidnaped person alive.

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