Obama Bypasses Congress, Issues Cybersecurity Executive Order

By:  Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
02/13/2013
       
Obama Bypasses Congress, Issues Cybersecurity Executive Order

On Tuesday, President Obama signed an executive order granting the intelligence community sweeping power over the nation's electronic infrastructure.

While Americans watched the last stand and possible death of Christopher Dorner, President Obama continued along the tyrannical tack and issued an executive order granting the intelligence agencies in his administration expansive and unconstitutional control over the flow of Internet traffic and the personal data of millions of users.

President Obama telegraphed the issuance of the order during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address. He cited the “growing threat from cyber-attacks” as the impetus for seizing control of the nation’s internet infrastructure.

“We know hackers steal people’s identities and infiltrate private e-mail,” he said. “We know foreign countries and companies swipe our corporate secrets. Now our enemies are also seeking the ability to sabotage our power grid, our financial institutions, and our air traffic control systems.”

“We cannot look back years from now and wonder why we did nothing in the face of real threats to our security and our economy,” he added.

According to the text of the edict, titled “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity,” its broader purpose is to “enhance the security and resilience of the Nation's critical infrastructure.”

Although it appeared a bit earlier than anticipated (The New American and other news organizations had predicted it would be signed on Wednesday), the cybersecurity executive order has been accurately predicted for some time.

The executive order comes in the vacuum of congressional cybersecurity legislation. Although measures have passed the House of Representatives, no bill has ever made it past the Senate and onto the president’s desk.

There is new movement in Congress toward controlling the Internet, however. The measure that will be offered in the House of Representatives on Wednesday will be nothing less than a resurrection of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), that was passed by the House in April of last year.

According to The Hill, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and ranking member Representative Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) will re-introduce an unamended CISPA during a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.

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Photo of President Barack Obama speaking during State of the Union address: AP Images

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