A congressional investigation that highlighted national security threats posed by two Communist China-based telecommunications equipment companies, Huawei and ZTE, is being seized upon by lawmakers and at least one of the firms to push for more government control at the national and international level. The final report found that the companies pose multiple risks to the United States and should be avoided.
Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle claimed the danger could be lessened. However, to do that, lawmakers alleged, Congress must approve the deeply controversial so-called “cybersecurity” bill that would force private companies to help the federal government spy on Americans under the guise of protecting “the Homeland.”
“We need to have that bill passed in order for our intelligence community to be able to help and protect our networks,” claimed C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger of Maryland, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. He also purported to be concerned about the Chinese regime spying on Americans even as the federal government ramps up its massive unconstitutional domestic espionage apparatus.
Despite fierce opposition from Internet-freedom activists around the world, the bipartisan establishment in Washington, D.C., has been working fiendishly to impose some sort of federal “cyber-security” regime on the American people for years. Critics have highlighted the potential threat to privacy, the danger to businesses, and the fact that the unconstitutional scheme would open the door to more federal intrusion into the internet.
When the cybersecurity plan failed in the Senate, some lawmakers suggested that President Obama could simply bypass Congress and implement the controversial legislation by executive decree. The administration was apparently more than happy to comply, with a draft version of the lawless so-called “executive order” being “leaked” last month.
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