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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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RE: Internet
By MatthiasF on 6/25/2009 2:36:18 PM , Rating: -1
Kind of a narrow view of the Internet, but I'll play ball.

Is it against the law for someone to watch your step to see what newspapers you receive? It's not even illegal for someone to go through your mail, unless they open or take something from it.

I think a more accurate metaphor would be packages. If they know you're receiving a package from a known source of something illegal, containing something illegal and they can verify you received it, they will have no problem getting a search warrant for your house to find it.

Same is true for the Internet and your computer.


RE: Internet
By mcmilljb on 6/25/2009 3:25:35 PM , Rating: 5
Yes it is illegal to go through my mail period. Stay out of my mailbox. The USPS are the only ones who should see what is in my mailbox. It's in a box because it's PRIVATE.

It's been settled before. No one has the right to view information traveling through computer networks except for ISP's to do their job. It's been settled in legislation and in the courts.

If you can't get a warrant, why do need to see what someone is doing? The 10 day exception is stupid and plays into some "24" crap. The stuff in "24" is NOT REAL. It's called drama. There is no real life or death situations like the ones presented on that show.

If the Internet was public, why do I pay private companies for access to it? It is not some public service provided by the government. Private companies make up most of the Internet. Internet users deserve some privacy! Just like I do for my credit and my property.


RE: Internet
By Ticholo on 6/25/2009 4:13:04 PM , Rating: 2
Are you kidding?!
I literally had 2 seconds left on the timer before I hit reply just now!
If I didn't reply to you the TERRORISTS WOULD WIN!!!
You don't want that, do you?

More seriously, though, your last paragraph is really good. Guess who else is connected to the "public Internet"? Governments! I demand to know what they are doing on it!


RE: Internet
By Cerin218 on 6/26/2009 10:26:48 AM , Rating: 1
Brain dead idiot,

I think a more accurate metaphor would be packages. If they know you're receiving a package from a known source of something illegal, containing something illegal and they can verify you received it, they will have no problem getting a search warrant for your house to find it .

DUH! That is why you get a warrant, so a judge can assess the legality and merit of the search. Someone that has been appointed to interpret the laws written by the legislative branch. This is to protect you from the government being able to do whatever they want i.e. Hitler and the Jews. The framers of the constitution wrote this specifically because the king of England had nothing stopping him from doing whatever he wanted to persecute anyone. Maybe you should book a vacation to Iran and see what life is like NOT having these freedoms. I'm surprised you can walk without falling down more.


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