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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: Oh hell....
By kellehair on 6/25/2009 2:37:49 PM , Rating: -1
Agreed. Why do people feel the "deserve" privacy on the web?

RE: Oh hell....
By ClownPuncher on 6/25/2009 3:03:41 PM , Rating: 5
To protect themselves from witch hunts, McCarthyist tactics, Maoist persecution, and Stalinist totalitarianism.

People fear being profilied, then legislation coming down and labeling them an enemy of the state. Things like this happen all over the world, arrogance is the only reason why you would think something like that can't happen to you.

People WILL be profiled if the government has total control and can watch your every move, just hope the bureaucrat on the other side of the screen doesn't find your ideals to be un-American.

RE: Oh hell....
By Bateluer on 6/25/2009 3:44:01 PM , Rating: 1
Well said. Rated you up.

RE: Oh hell....
By rdeegvainl on 6/25/2009 4:56:19 PM , Rating: 3
No you didn't.
Another lesson in the DT rating system.
If you post, you cannot rate comments.
If you rate a comment and then post, your rating goes away.

RE: Oh hell....
By Technomage on 6/26/2009 2:08:55 PM , Rating: 2
I thought Lord Obama would bring peace and unity to the force. Why would anyone be worried about Maoist persecution or Stalinist totalitarianism, unless they read the paper or internet news. Don't forget the Mussolini-esque fascism destroying private enterprise, either.

With BO at the helm, how can anyone think in such heavy handed terms? Please, just have another helping of the tasty Kool-Aid. It's sooooo refreshing.

RE: Oh hell....
By Flail on 6/27/2009 10:47:39 AM , Rating: 2
Lord Obama would bring peace and unity to the force.

They said the same thing about Anakin

RE: Oh hell....
By invidious on 6/25/2009 3:54:33 PM , Rating: 5
Because our ancestors faught tyrany for our rights. Did you seriously just ask that question?

RE: Oh hell....
By kellehair on 6/26/2009 9:33:40 AM , Rating: 2
I ask simply because I consider the Internet to be a public space. Is it not?

RE: Oh hell....
By mindless1 on 6/27/2009 1:50:44 AM , Rating: 3
No, it is not designed to be a place where the public knows anything except what you specifically decide to post as publicly accessible content, not what sites you visit, not what (legal) software you download, not your email contents, when you surf, what you read, etc.

RE: Oh hell....
By AEvangel on 6/27/2009 10:48:13 AM , Rating: 2
I don't care if you read my comments posted on a public website, but when you start tracking my surfing habits and tracing back my ISP to my provider and then make them give you my home address to see where I live well then I have an issue.

"Can anyone tell me what MobileMe is supposed to do?... So why the f*** doesn't it do that?" -- Steve Jobs
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