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CyberSecurity Executive Order is an Unconstitutional Power Grab

By Internet Lawyer

From the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) comes the word that President Obama is about to sign a cybersecurity executive order. This is another despot power grab by an administration that refuses to acknowledge the role of the other branches of government.

In this case, Congress considered and did not pass a bill on cybersecurity. Instead of waiting for Congress to reconsider such a measure in the next term, the Obama administration is asserting nonexistent powers to implement “cyber security” measures by executive order.

This is not about cyber security. The proposed executive order is a means to further regulate and control the Internet by a regime that has assumed the mantle of unchecked powers in the grand tradition of Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez.

Rather than turning this into a partisan issue, regardless of your political beliefs, permitting any president to assert this type of authority sets dangerous precedent. For if you like the idea of a “cyber security” executive order, maybe you won’t like other executive orders that follow by the current Oval Office occupant or his successors.

Given that DHS is involved, consider how the department’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has grown into a soft Gestapo. Feel safer flying after being groped and interrogated by a TSA agent? During one of my recent flights, I got hassled although the TSA ignored two women(?) in front of me wearing full burqas. They could have been heavily armed terrorist men. The TSA didn’t care.

What do you think will come out of executive orders that regulate the Internet? Security? Hardly.

Senate Cybersecurity Act S. 3414 Is Bad Legislation

By Internet Lawyer

A good rule of thumb is that any bill promoted as “bipartisan” is bad for ordinary Americans and good for the jerks who sponsor it. The current cyber security bill pending in the U.S. Senate (S. 3414) is no exception to that rule despite claims that it will protect critical U.S. infrastructure from cyber attack.
This Cybersecurity Act is really about censorship, spying on Internet users (adios to remaining privacy), and further anti-business regulatory control of cyberspace in the interest of “Homeland Security.” When you think of those two words, picture the no-talent high school dropout working for TSA who molests your kid and gropes your grandmother at the airport while turning a blind eye to the burqa-clad people (gender unidentifiable) boarding planes.
If you want further evidence that this bill has little to do with Internet security, consider that a key proposed amendment to it by Senator Upchuck Schumer (Dimwit – New York) consists of a gun control measure. Yes, somehow gutting the Second Amendment is essential to cyber security. At least in alternative-reality Washington D.C.
If the cyber security bill is passed in the Senate, one can only hope that the House rejects it for the bad piece of legislation that it is.
And when November rolls around, vote against every member of Congress who supported the cyber security bill regardless of political party. Because bipartisanship isn’t a justification for stupidity or bad legislation.