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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 Seemonkeyscanfly on 12/23/2009 2:25:15 PM , Rating: 1
First thing I'd point out is this in not government action this is Obama action. He has done many things that other President would have be told, "No, you can not do that.." So, yes, I'm scared as H*ll crap every time he creates a new Czars. Most presidents had 0 to 1 czars.... he has what 30 now? Just not right.


RE: No Authority
By Armassault on 12/23/2009 6:44:42 PM , Rating: 1
You've GOT to be kidding. Did the teabaggers tell you this?
There's ALOT of scaremongering going on to try to discredit Obama and his administration, but this one takes the cake.
What "things" has he done that no other president couldn't have done?

Do you realize Bush had more "czars" than Obama has?
Yet it was never an issue before Obama took office, and the rightwingers suddenly had to scramble everything they could to make something up they could criticize him for.
The things we criticised Bush for were not ALWAYS fair. But the criticism wasn't based on lies and fearmongering to the same extent as the current criticism.

Find something real to criticize Obama for. There's GOT to be something...


RE: No Authority
By Reforger88 on 12/23/2009 7:19:20 PM , Rating: 3
"The things we criticised Bush for were not ALWAYS fair. "

Who is 'we'? Your talking points clearly indicate that you are regurgitating what someone else has thought out for you, but still, I am curious what the 'WE' refers to.


RE: No Authority
By Armassault on 12/23/2009 8:38:41 PM , Rating: 1
With "we" i meant the world community (who generally hated Bush), and i guess the 75%+ of americans who disapproved of Bush at the end of his term.
Hope that cleared it up for you.

Talking points?
What in my post do you see as a "talking point" exactly?


RE: No Authority
By Reforger88 on 12/23/2009 7:30:14 PM , Rating: 2
Incidentallly, 'teabaggers' is a pejorative reference to a crude sexual act primarily practiced by gay men, and has no place in intelligent debate.

Of course, if you are gay (which is certainly not a criticism) and partake in this particular act on a regular basis, it would explain why you would use it...no doubt it's 'on the tip of your tongue'.


RE: No Authority
By Armassault on 12/23/2009 8:47:15 PM , Rating: 1
Oh, your first thought was of a homosexual act?
I was using a term which has become pretty much mainstream, and is increasingly being used by the teabaggers themselves...

What you guys do in bed doesn't concern me. But stop trying to hog that term for yourselves. A teabag isn't derogatory unless you want it to be.


RE: No Authority
By Jimbo on 12/24/2009 2:04:55 AM , Rating: 2
Great point Armassault!
I now wish to "teabag" your mother.

Because, you know, a teabag isn't derogatory unless you want it to be.


RE: No Authority
By UncleRufus on 12/24/2009 9:47:33 AM , Rating: 3
I was under the impression that teabagging was something frat boys did to each other when one of them passed out after too much partying. It's a humiliation thing, right? I've never heard any gay folks talking about how much they wanted to 'teabag' somebody.


RE: No Authority
By Kurz on 12/23/2009 9:26:20 PM , Rating: 1
Obama... Has not fulfilled not one of his Campaign promises.
He wants to pile on more Debt in his first four years in the white house than Bush did in his 8.

He believes the Government should intrude in everyones lives and the bills he so pushes for may put people in jail for not having health insurance.

I could go on, but if you actually Actually followed what hes done I wouldn't be happy with him.


RE: No Authority
By Armassault on 12/23/2009 9:57:17 PM , Rating: 1
Well, you could argue that if the Bush administration hadn't mismanaged the economy, Obama wouldn't have had to instate those bailouts. The bailouts were actually proposed by Bush himself late 2008, if his term hadn't conveniently ended HE would be incurring that massive deficit.

During his two terms, the budget went from a small surplus to ever increasing deficits. He was responsible for tax cuts to the wealthy, cuts that were "unfinancied", meaning the tax cuts added to the growing deficits.
You really should be angry at him. For not balancing his budgets, and for largely being responsible for a global financial crisis.
But back when his deficits grew, no one uttered a word.
Not until "the next guy" took office.

Put people in jail? Are you serious? Turn off Fox "News". ASAP.


RE: No Authority
By Kurz on 12/25/2009 3:25:15 AM , Rating: 2
http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/281758

There are many more News Articles out there.


RE: No Authority
By Armassault on 12/25/2009 9:04:26 AM , Rating: 2
"In the Senate, the Finance Committee’s health care bill was amended to nullify the possibility of jail time for not paying the penalty tax. It stipulates that in the case of nonpayment, "such taxpayer shall not be subject to any criminal prosecution or penalty with respect to such failure."

Source: http://factcheck.org/2009/11/imprisoned-for-not-ha...

The "possible jail time" was for not paying your taxes.
There's nothing new about the (unlikely) possibility you could go to jail for not paying your taxes.


RE: No Authority
By Kurz on 12/25/2009 3:28:48 AM , Rating: 2
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/graph...

Well... I know a lot people who voiced their opinions about Bush overspending. Though once a person is in power he can do anything he feels like.

I never watch the news (I read it).


RE: No Authority
By captainentropy on 12/27/2009 7:54:53 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly.

There is no truer saying than IOKIYAR (It's OK If You're A Republican).


RE: No Authority
By UncleRufus on 12/24/2009 9:43:32 AM , Rating: 2
Just wait until that Obama has MORE czars than Bush, then folks will really be mad!


RE: No Authority
By Armassault on 12/25/2009 8:46:22 AM , Rating: 1
Did anyone ever raise an eyebrow over the shitload of "czars" Bush used?
Why is this suddenly an issue?


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