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DHS’s Janet Napolitano Says there’ll be “Cyber 9/11” unless Cyber Security Bill is Passed
by Ali Papademetriou
It’s obvious that the federal government has been pushing and shoving in more ways than one when it comes to trying to pass cyber security legislation.
Internet censorship has become a hot topic on the hill over the past decade, considering in the wake of the September 11th attacks, the government has gone over board with its obsession of forcing citizens to give up liberty for a false sense of security.
Just like with any other form of government surveillance or censorship, citizens’ Fourth Amendment is violated, thus stealing not only an essential liberty granted by the Constitution, but also a naturally given right to privacy.
Last year, a bill, Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, known as CISPA, was introduced in Congress but unsuccessfully passed due to an overabundance of complaints from businesses and privacy activists.
In October, President Obama signed a classified directive for cyber security that was deemed “Presidential Policy Directive 20”. Although the directive was not disclosed to the public, it has been understood that the policy gives specific federal agencies guidelines on how to work with cyber threats or attacks. More recently, the National Security Administration launched the new “Perfect Citizen” program to spy on cyber networks.
Now, the feds are at it again, as the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano cautioned on Thursday that not acting on passing a form of cyber security that would give the feds more access from the private sector, similar to CISPA, could result in a “cyber 9/11”, an attack that she claimed could destroy water, electricity, gas, and even compared the potential devastation to that of Hurricane Sandy.
“We shouldn’t wait until there is a 9/11 in the cyber world. There are things we can and should be doing now that, if not prevented, would mitigate the extent of the damage,” explained Napolitano during a speech. This isn’t her first persuasive go-round though.
After CISPA failed to pass, the DHS Secretary was far from satisfied with Congress, and during a speech at the Social Good Summit, she attempted to alarm, “Attacks are coming all the time. They are coming from different sources; they take different forms. But they are increasing in seriousness and sophistication.”
Even after a victory such as CISPA failing to pass through Congress, it shouldn’t surprise many if Napolitano’s wishes come true. The government is continuing to spy out of control and steal freedoms away from the people.