Obama Considering Executive-Branch Action on Cybersecurity

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Of course  let Obama do it…..he does everything else….what were the Founding Fathers thinking of, puting checks and balances in the Constitution?  Who ever heard of such a thing? Who needs a House of Representatives or Senate? Let the President do it all like all the other dictators in 3rd world countries, that works real well doesn’t it?

President Barack Obama is considering executive-branch action on U.S. cybersecurity after Congress failed to pass legislation to protect national security assets, a White House aide said.

“If the Congress is not going to act on something like this, then the president wants to make sure that we’re doing everything possible,” John Brennan, Obama’s counterterrorism adviser, said today at an event at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington.

Senate Republicans last week blocked a bill backed by Obama that would have set up voluntary cybersecurity standards for operators of infrastructure such as power grids and water- treatment plants that are considered essential to national security.

Republicans, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups said the voluntary standards would be a back door to government regulation of companies. The bill was sponsored by Senators Joe Lieberman, a Connecticut independent, and Susan Collins, a Maine Republican.

Brennan said opponents misrepresented the bill, which he said called for minimum performance standards. He didn’t specify what the White House is planning, or if it would take the form of an executive order.

“An executive order would be counterproductive and would cut short the proper legislative process, which needs to continue,” Matthew Eggers, senior director of national security at the Chamber of Commerce, said in an e-mailed statement.

“An executive order makes clear the administration’s intent to put a mandatory program into place to regulate businesses,” Eggers said.

‘Deeply Flawed’

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a bill in April that encourages businesses and government to share cyberthreat information, without setting standards for companies.

White House spokesman Jay Carney last week called the House bill “deeply flawed,” saying it threatens the privacy of consumer data and does nothing to protect the nation’s infrastructure.

Lieberman said today he still hoped that lawmakers would pass cybersecurity legislation. “But if Congress cannot get its act together to protect our nation from the real, urgent, and growing threat of cyber attack, then the President must do everything he can by executive order,” he said in an e-mailed statement.

“The problem is there are some things we should do to defend ourselves from cyber attack that can only be done by statute,” Lieberman said.

Lieberman’s bill is S. 3414. The House bill is H.R. 3523.

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US Senate blocks Obama-backed cybersecurity bill

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I’m sure Obama will just go ahead and install all this anyway, he’s good at that. That kills that gun control amendment they tried to sneak thru on this bill limiting magazines to 10 shots.

A cybersecurity bill sought by President Barack Obama as critical to national defense was blocked Thursday in the Senate, drawing an angry response from the White House.

The legislation failed to advance amid opposition from an unusual coalition of civil libertarians — who feared it could allow too much government snooping — and conservatives who said it would create a new bureaucracy.

The bill needed 60 votes in the 100-member Senate to advance under rules in the chamber, but got only 52. The failure came despite pleas from Obama and top US defense officials.

After the vote, the White House blamed “an overwhelming majority of Senate Republicans” for blocking the bill, which it said would have protected the nation “from potentially catastrophic cyber attacks.”

The bill was a “comprehensive piece of cybersecurity legislation” but it was foiled by “the politics of obstructionism, driven by special interest groups seeking to avoid accountability,” a White House statement said.

The failure to move forward, the White House said, is “a profound disappointment.”

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