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President Obama Pushing Executive Order for Security Over Internet
by Ezra Van Auken
A recent e-mail sent by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has gotten the attention of many supporters advocating for internet freedom. “Moving forward, the President is determined to do absolutely everything we can to better protect our nation against today’s cyber threats and we will do that,” Carney explained in the e-mail to, The Hill.
This hasn’t been the only time Obama’s administration has spoken in favor of internet regulation, just last month, President Obama spoke about cyber-security in the Wall Street Journal. Saying, “In a future conflict, an adversary unable to match our military supremacy on the battlefield might seek to exploit our computer vulnerabilities at home,” as well as pointing out computer invulnerabilities could lead to, “Taking down vital banking systems could trigger a financial crisis. The lack of clean water or functioning hospitals could spark a public health emergency. And as we’ve seen in past blackouts, the loss of electricity can bring businesses, cities and entire regions to a standstill.”
In the op-ed by Obama, he acknowledged his support for the, “Cybersecurity Act of 2012” which ended up failing before the Senate went on recess. The bill introduced by Senators Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins drew many activists who were against SOPA and CISPA, back together helping to block the Cybersecurity Act of 2012.
As SpreadLibertyNews reported, the Senate’s internet bill would take away any restrictions between the federal government and private companies, allowing the two to transfer information back and forth. Besides the fact companies and government could intertwine, the Cybersecurity Act would also grant Homeland Security powers to oversee cyber security “infrastructure”. Overall, leading many to believe that the executive order being consider by Barack Obama is along the lines of his latest endorsement on internet legislation.
Strange enough a sponsor to the bill, Congressman Mike Rogers, explained “If we can get a bill on information-sharing to the president’s desk, he’ll sign it. I do believe that,” illustrating that President Obama will become lax about the legislation, as he’s done in the past with the National Defense Authorization Act on NYE.