GOP Senators block Obama’s cybersecurity act
By: Jim Kouri, CPP
However, according to the GOP, blocking the legislation would actually protect the U.S. from devastating cyber attacks by enemies, renegade nations, terrorists and criminal hackers.
“The news media — a decidedly left-of-center group — are for anything Obama including Internet control. So they paint the GOP lawmakers as not caring about national security. It’s the left who couldn’t care less about national security and their goal is to gain control of the last frontier — cyberspace,” said a former police captain now a security director for a large government contractor.
Over the course of several months, Pentagon officials have been warning about threats to national and homeland security in cyberspace – threats on critical infrastructure networks that control the electrical power grid, water plants, and transportation systems.
Last July, President Barack Obama demanded that U.S. Senators pass the cybersecurity bill to prevent cyber attacks, warning the lawmakers such attacks could practically shutdown the nation’s public and private sectors.
The Cybersecurity Act, which was first proposed in February 2012, if passed would create a National Cybersecurity Council, to be chaired by the Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, or her successors, to coordinate defensive measures in dealing with cyber attacks.
But GOP lawmakers and business organizations, such as the Chamber of Commerce, have repeatedly voiced their opposition to the bill, saying that it could harm the private companies that operate the critical infrastructure networks by creating a new, huge bureaucracy and increasing the costs of doing business.
“Once the government is involved, there’s nothing to stop its officials from creating numerous and costly mandates in the name of national security. It could very possibly create a whole new bureaucracy filled with government workers who have little in the way of security management knowledge and experience,” noted Whelan.
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a columnist for The Examiner (examiner.com) and New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc. To subscribe to Kouri's newsletter write to COPmagazine@aol.com and write "Subscription" on the subject line.