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Napolitano Warns of Cybersecurity, Aviation Security, Threats by Homegrown Extremists
www.hstoday.us ^ | 09/19/2012 (12:30pm) | Mickey McCarter

Posted on 09/19/2012 1:53:06 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

In an annual threat assessment hearing convened by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Wednesday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano indicated the three top concerns of her department were strengthening cybersecurity, maintaining aviation security and combating homegrown violent extremism.

Under questioning by Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), who was chairing his last threat hearing before his upcoming retirement from Congress, Napolitano confirmed that the Obama administration was hard at work on an executive order that would address some cybersecurity concerns in lieu of any legislation from Congress.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other federal agencies have been working on the cybersecurity executive order through interagency collaboration, Napolitano said.

"Yes, we have been very actively involved as have some agencies who have primary responsibility in this area," she remarked.

The draft executive order has included "a deep-dive analysis into areas where sector-specific authorities may already exist," Napolitano added, declining to indulge any further information.

However, the idea behind examining existing authorities would be to build upon existing relationships in the 18 specific sectors of critical infrastructure identified by the National Infrastructure Protection Plan. Federal agencies that already have relationships with those industry sectors would collaborate with them to improve their overall cybersecurity posture.

Cybersecurity remains a challenging area because of limited awareness of the threat and a lack of minimum standards for critical infrastructure protection, Napolitano said.

She lamented the dim prospects for cybersecurity legislation this year.

"The Cybersecurity Act of 2012 would have begun to address vulnerabilities in the nation's critical infrastructure systems. This legislation was the result of years of work. It reflected input from the administration, the private sector, privacy experts and members of Congress from both sides of the aisle. Numerous current and former homeland and national security officials had also expressed the importance and urgency of this legislation," Napolitano said in her written testimony.

Even if the administration issues an executive order, the order could not do all of the things legislation could do. For example, an order could not ease limitations on personnel hiring, which DHS and others must overcome to recruit top cybersecurity talent. It also could not resolve issues with regard to liability protections, which are necessary to encourage industry participation in cybersecurity partnerships with the government. And finally it could not increase criminal penalties on bad actors, Napolitano said.

Aviation security

Aviation security remains a top DHS concern, Napolitano said. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has committed itself to repeated attacks on aviation systems, most notably with the Christmas Day 2009 bombing attempt and the October 2010 cargo plane attack.

Terrorists such as AQAP continually target commercial aviation by attempting to circumvent existing security measures, Napolitano remarked, with "sometimes ingenuous and increasingly sophisticated" attacks.

Napolitano hailed layered defenses in aviation security, beginning with intelligence and information sharing between international partners, within the aviation sector and among federal agencies.

She praised a new agreement signed with the European Union on July 1 to share passenger name record data for air passengers traveling to the United States. DHS also is working with global shipping companies and the International Air Transport Association to promote terrorism awareness training and to vet personnel with access to US-bound cargo.

Meanwhile, "very interesting work" is underway in technical advances to make airport screening more efficient for travelers while addressing evolving threats to aviation security, Napolitano commented without elaborating.

Matthew Olsen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, agreed that APAQ remained the terrorist group most likely to attempt attacks against the United States, as indicated by its plot to attack an airliner in May near the anniversary of the death of Osama Bin Laden.

Olsen emphasized that federal intelligence agencies and DHS work together to disrupt such plots before a terrorist gets to an airport.

Homegrown extremism

Foreign terrorist groups affiliated with Al Qaeda and other individuals continue to seek to recruit westerners to attack US targets, Napolitano warned. Violent extremism can be inspired by various religious, political or ideological beliefs and US authorities must stay vigilant against a range of attacks such as the Sept. 11 Libyan embossing bombing to the July 20 movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colo.

Although there is no current intelligence of any planned violent attacks within the United States, DHS must work to detect threats earlier, share information faster and maximize capabilities to respond homegrown violent extremism, Napolitano said.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; cybersecurity; jihadinamerica; sourcetitlenoturl

1 posted on 09/19/2012 1:53:11 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Marine_Uncle; TigersEye; Nachum; SunkenCiv; blam; NormsRevenge; SierraWasp; Grampa Dave

Annual meeting of the committee?


2 posted on 09/19/2012 1:54:49 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

duh..........


3 posted on 09/19/2012 1:55:42 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Sorry the BOA, NYSE were Foreign Terrorist who hate Obama I saw them burn him


4 posted on 09/19/2012 1:56:03 PM PDT by scooby321 (AMS)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

If I import some banana trees, and some of their native soil to plant them in, and some native water to water them with, and some natives to pick them for me, are they still “homegrown”?


5 posted on 09/19/2012 1:58:41 PM PDT by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Al Qaeda has their own acronyms now.


6 posted on 09/19/2012 2:00:51 PM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
US authorities must stay vigilant against a range of attacks such as the Sept. 11 Libyan embossing bombing to the July 20 movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colo.

Is DHS saying that was an attack on the U.S. and not just a lone nutjob?

7 posted on 09/19/2012 2:01:06 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Click on the URL address. Takes one to the HHS site. Video page displayed. Click on the video start button. Nothing. Black screen.
Someone is playing games with the public assess. PS. However. The down load white paper does download in Adobe Acrobat form.
8 posted on 09/19/2012 2:05:36 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

You might enjoy this:

Obama Homeland Security Brass Spent Day B/f 9/11 Golfing w “Resigned” Sexual Harasser Suzy Barr

http://www.debbieschlussel.com/54559/exclusive-obama-homeland-security-brass-spent-day-bf-911-golfing-w-resigned-sexual-harasser-suzy-barr/


9 posted on 09/19/2012 2:06:09 PM PDT by Nachum (The List was hacked- www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
From article: "...Napolitano confirmed that the Obama administration was hard at work on an executive order that would address some cybersecurity concerns in lieu of any legislation from Congress."

I do not like the sound of that.
10 posted on 09/19/2012 2:09:21 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned.)
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To: Marine_Uncle
I don't either....too much news gets out via the internet to suit Obama and his cronies....

They want to shut down Fox News also.

11 posted on 09/19/2012 2:14:31 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I am worried about threats to America posed by 0bama cabinet members.

I’m also worried about threats to America posed by non-homegrown presidents.


12 posted on 09/19/2012 2:16:11 PM PDT by generally (Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
OK. The video is now available at CSPAN
13 posted on 09/19/2012 2:17:39 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Make no mistake, she actually means US. Americans. Conservative, patriotic Americans.

We’re the “threat”.


14 posted on 09/19/2012 2:20:27 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working fors)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

“Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano indicated the three top concerns.... combating homegrown violent extremism.”

Like the Obozo Regime and its minions?


15 posted on 09/19/2012 2:21:18 PM PDT by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

uhhh.....that sure sounds like somebody is setting the table for Electus Interruptus to me....


16 posted on 09/19/2012 2:23:19 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
The draft executive order has included "a deep-dive analysis into areas where sector-specific authorities may already exist," Napolitano added, declining to indulge any further information.

This is the most frightening sentence in the article.And Janet knows all about "deep-diving".

17 posted on 09/19/2012 2:25:20 PM PDT by exit82 (Pass the word: Obama is a FAILURE!! Democrats are the enemies of freedom!)
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To: Nachum

Yuck!


18 posted on 09/19/2012 2:34:42 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Marine_Uncle
Link to Washington Times article:

Senate tackles bill to fight cyberthreats

Published July 26, 2012, 02:25PM

19 posted on 09/19/2012 2:38:22 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Had that. Thanks. Chicken is ready to take out of the oven. I’m stopping the CSPAN video. Time to load up on some wholesome food. :)


20 posted on 09/19/2012 2:46:31 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

As long as she does not utter the forbidden “I-word,” the forbidden “M-word,” or the forbidden “J-word.”


21 posted on 09/19/2012 2:56:13 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I really doubt that continuing expensive police work will win the war against terrorists. IMO, we need to destroy the enemy’s will to fight by waging real war overseas, but we’ll see how it all plays out.


22 posted on 09/19/2012 3:36:23 PM PDT by familyop ("Wanna cigarette? You're never too young to start." --Deacon, "Waterworld")
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To: b4its2late
"Al Qaeda has their own acronyms now."

Yep, and they'll probably make them longer. It's in style. ;-)


23 posted on 09/19/2012 3:38:33 PM PDT by familyop ("Wanna cigarette? You're never too young to start." --Deacon, "Waterworld")
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
"...US authorities must stay vigilant against a range of attacks such as the Sept. 11 Libyan embossing bombing to the July 20 movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colo."

Might be difficult to stop the trend of random attacks perpetrated by spoiled rotten members of the liberal political regulator class.


24 posted on 09/19/2012 3:43:41 PM PDT by familyop ("Wanna cigarette? You're never too young to start." --Deacon, "Waterworld")
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