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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 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).


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