Skip to comments.Draft cyber bill gives DHS controversial authorities
Posted on 01/13/2012 5:13:37 PM PST by Texas Fossil
The draft version of the comprehensive cybersecurity bill could give the Homeland Security Department the ability to take "any lawful action" against contractors if their systems are under attack.
Bob Dix, a former staff director for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and now vice president government affairs and critical infrastructure protection for Juniper Networks, said that could mean taking over a vendor's system that contains federal data.
"There's some concern about what would be the criteria about that and how it would be the government has the ability under a provision of lawful action to take over a system used by an agency even if it's owned by a contractor," Dix said. "I am worried about the notion that suggests the government would have the authority under law to be able to take over systems of contractors if they view them as having vulnerabilities even if only a small percentage of that is government utilization."
The provision Dix is talking about is in Section 3553 of the bill's Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) Reform section.
The draft bill, obtained by Federal News Radio, would give the secretary of DHS the ability to "direct officials of agencies that own, operate, lease or otherwise control an information system, including information systems used or operated by another entity, including contractors, on behalf of a federal agency, to take any lawful action with respect to the operation of such information system for the purpose of protecting that information system from or mitigating a cybersecurity threat."
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If we repeat the election results of 2010 in November 2012, will there be consequences for these actions.
It is TIME to DownSize DC. Not shrink, but eliminate entire Departments. It is the only way to remove the entrenched Lefties from government. CLOSE the rogue departments and turn them back to the states to rebuild anything worthwhile.
Here is a better link:
I got the first one via Drudge, but it must be restricted and would only load from that link in a text browser (Lynx).
POLs take an oath of office that they will “protect and defend” the Consitution against enemies foreign and domestic.
The current oath was enacted in 1884:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.
The Constitution specifies an oath of office only for the President:
US Constitution, Article II, Section 1
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
Those who break that oath and seek to destroy the Constitution must be held accountable.
Treason is a very serious charge. The legal bar for conviction is very high because of the seriousness.
We have not had this degree of open corruption in the U.S. Federal Government since the Civil War.
It is time to clean house on the Traitors.
who is going to do it?
That is a good question, because almost all Dems are guilty and some Republican RINOs too.
This battle with We the People vs the POLs may play out this time.
unfortunately, the answer is no one and that is why they feel free to operate with impunity and their activities get more outrageous and brazen by the day