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The United States is able to finally move forward in its cyber defense efforts

After months of delays and speculation, President Obama has chosen Howard Schmidt, a corporate cyber security expert who also worked at Microsoft and eBay, to enhance the country's cyber infrastructure.

Schmidt, who also was an administration adviser for former President George W. Bush, will be responsible for coordinating military and civilian resources.  Furthermore, the latest member of Obama's cabinet will communicate regularly with Obama, and will also work with the president's economic group.

President Obama first announced the creation of the cyber czar position in late May, but said there wouldn't be a rush to appoint someone.  Schmidt will work with the National Security Council, not the National Economic Council, as this is the first time a person has been appointed as cybersecurity adviser.

In the previous administration, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Security Agency (NSA) were involved in a power struggle that led to ineffective cyber security.

The problem was so serious, in fact, Rod Beckstrom, former National Cybersecurity Center head, resigned due to the power struggle between the DHS and NSA.

Cybersecurity has been a pressing matter for Obama's administration, as the threat of foreign-based cyber attacks has grown significantly.  There have been numerous candidates considered for the job -- ranging from former Silicon Valley executives to a candidate who reportedly wasn't a fan of privacy -- with wide speculation among journalists.



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RE: No Authority
By MrBungle123 on 12/23/2009 1:20:16 PM , Rating: 5
quote:
There are many, many things the constitution does not cover.


not really...

The 10th Ammendment:

"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

That means EVERYTHING not explictily covered by the constituion as a federal government responsibility is reserved for state governments or the people in general. This includes unconstitutional health care bills, the internet, auto companies, banks, and just about everything else our completely out of control govenrment has decided to get its fingers into lately.


RE: No Authority
By Ard on 12/23/09, Rating: -1
RE: No Authority
By MrBungle123 on 12/23/2009 6:45:55 PM , Rating: 5
Thats only because the meaning of "welfare" has changed in the last 230 odd years... IF they used the word in the context in which it was meant by the authors of the constitution they would not be able to do these things.

General Welfare according to the founders meant not screw up your life and stand in the way of you exercising your rights, welfare according to the leftists running our government now means redistribute wealth.


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