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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 lewislink on 6/26/2009 1:40:50 AM , Rating: 2
My view is simple, those who want privacy have something to hide. Those who have nothing to hide will respect the authority and allow them to effectively protect us all by not trying to maintain privacy.

In other words, if you don't do wrong, you have nothing to fear. But people who complain about a lack of privacy are the ones who usually are trying to hide something.

RE: Oh hell....
By Cerin218 on 6/26/2009 10:20:08 AM , Rating: 1
WOW!! I want to be a dictator in a nation full of people who think like you. Here, I will give you what you want. We will start out small. Most clothing stores are public places, most stores have fitting rooms. The fitting rooms are private. Not anymore. If you want to try on clothing you will need to do so where the clothing is displayed. Oh wait, maybe now the privacy would be nice. To bad, no privacy for you. Why do you think there are LAWS that permit your privacy? Because they are IMPORTANT personal freedoms.

Or here's one just for me, please PM me your bank login information. You seem to not need or want that privacy.

Dumb ass.

RE: Oh hell....
By lewislink on 6/26/2009 11:33:56 PM , Rating: 2
Take another look at what I said. "The AUTHORITIES" are the ones who say you can't commit murder, steel or break the laws of society. THE AUTHORITIES have privileges that are needed to accomplish effective citizen protection.

And keep the hate speech going. My president will pass laws allowing people like me to bring up charges against people like you. And just as soon as I get the chance, what you own will belong to me and you will also pay fines.

I keep records of all the things people like you say online. Hehe

RE: Oh hell....
By mindless1 on 6/27/2009 2:01:01 AM , Rating: 2
You are overlooking that "the authorities" are mere mortals, who make errors both accidentally and deliberately for various reasons or motives.

It is not effective citizen protection to decide for the citizens that one thing in their lives is protected but that their freedom, their right to a reasonable level of privacy is not.

Further, if you really believe you have nothing to hide I beg to differ, even good lawyers and judges accidentally run afoul of the law every once in a while without realizing it.

Please understand, I don't want protection from one thing that someone else thinks is more important at the cost of my freedoms to get there, nor do the majority as this is one of the main principles the country is founded upon and cherishes.

Lastly, your record-keeping is a pathetic delusion, if even true, are you on drugs?

RE: Oh hell....
By lewislink on 6/27/2009 2:18:42 AM , Rating: 2
You need to rethink your privacy concerns. There are a number of privacy issues you are overlooking. Your medical records, financial records and just about anything else you allow other people to monitor are all far from private...even though the public normally doesn't see them.

As I said before, I say again....those who have something to hide will make an issue of the internet privacy concerns...usually the porn indulging kind.

My records are none of your business. But I dare you to speak abusively to me. You seem to want to solve your issues with abuse...if someone doesn't agree with you, they are evil and deserve punishment. That's a child's mentality, to resort to abuse. It shows immaturity in the user of abusive words. It shows that they aren't wise or intelligent enough to debate effectively or find a rational means of banter. To resort to insult shows ignorance.

"I'd be pissed too, but you didn't have to go all Minority Report on his ass!" -- Jon Stewart on police raiding Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's home
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