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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 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.


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