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    2 articles 1st Obama to pass Cyber Shut down exec bill. 2.children Obamacare no cover

    First President Obama wants to shut down the debate on Gun Rights and illegal immigration online and knows the only way he can do this is through executive order which he will do THIS WEDNESDAY:

    Sources: White House to issue cybersecurity order Wednesday - The Hill's Hillicon Valley

    William Gheene of ALIPAC can send you an e-mail to call your senators up to block a amnesty or DREAM ACT bill and under Obama's Cyber Spying bill THEY CAN GO INTO YOUR E-MAIL AND ERASE THAT E-MAIL AND IT'S ALL LEGAL UNDER THE CYBER SPYING BILL. More can be read here:

    Online banking and trading: dead as we know it. Who is going to use online banking services, knowing that anyone from a local police department snoop, to a federal spy agency, to even random private companies might be watching your every trade, and your purchase history, without a warrant or court involvement of ANY kind.- The ‘adult entertainment’ industry: dead as we know it. Big Brother is watching you. If CISPA becomes law, which it appears on the fast-track to do, who will watch knowing that others are watching you.
    - Online health databases and discussion forums such as WebMD: dead as we know it. Who will ask intimate health questions, knowing that your identity is not even semi-anonymous any more?
    - Online suicide helplines, depression forums, political discussion communities: dead as we know it. Same reason as above.
    - Legitimate criticism of the government: dead as we know it, especially if you are a “job seeker” who doesn’t want any blemishes on your record to get in the way of surviving.
    - Online communities like Reddit: dead as we know it. So much for the semi-anonymous, crowd-sourced hive-mind brilliance of multi-million user social communities.
    - Facebook: dead as we know it (although they don’t seem to care). Who will use the service, knowing that countless other companies could be watching and logging every profile and photo you view, every message you send or receive, and every connection you’ve ever made

    Plus According to this New York Post Article by former New York Lt Gov BETSY MCCAUGHEY, thanks to a court ruling OBAMACARE WILL NOT COVER CHILDREN:

    Wheels coming off -

    I know many of us are concerned about illegal immigration but there are other issues ALIPAC members must also be concerned about to save this GREAT NATION WE LIVE IN.

    Please call Congress at 2022243121 and let them know your feelings about these 2 issues. If you ask me I DON'T LIKE THESE ISSUES AT ALL INCLUDING AMNESTY FOR ILLEGALS.

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    Here is the entire article. It is about cybersecurity, nothing about shutting down the internet.

    Sources: White House to issue cybersecurity order Wednesday

    By Jennifer Martinez -02/11/13 05:00 PM ET

    The White House is poised to release an executive order aimed at thwarting cyberattacks against critical infrastructure on Wednesday, two people familiar with the matter told The Hill.

    The highly anticipated directive from President Obama is expected to be released at a briefing Wednesday morning at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where senior administration officials will provide an update about cybersecurity policy.

    The executive order would establish a voluntary program in which companies operating critical infrastructure would elect to meet cybersecurity best practices and standards crafted, in part, by the government.

    Observers are expecting the president to briefly mention the need for the country to improve its defenses against cyberattacks during his State of the Union address on Tuesday.

    White House press secretary Jay Carney declined Monday to say whether the president would discuss cybersecurity during his Tuesday address to Congress, saying the president believes that it's "a very important issue."

    "It represents a huge challenge for our country. He has called on Congress to take action. Unfortunately, Congress has thus far refused legislatively," Carney said at a press briefing with reporters. "But I don't have any previews to provide."

    During last year's address, the president made a brief mention about the cybersecurity legislative blueprint that his administration put forward in May 2011.

    The White House began crafting the executive order after Congress failed to pass cybersecurity legislation last year. Officials said the threat facing the United States was too great for the administration to ignore and that it needed to take action as Congress grappled with passing a bill.

    During his second term, the president is expected to exert his executive power on issues such as climate change, and it appears that cybersecurity is also on that list.

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    Yet administration officials have also stressed that the executive order is not a substitute for cybersecurity legislation, which is needed to protect the country's water plants, electric grid and other critical infrastructure from cyberattacks.

    They note that an executive order cannot, unlike congressional legislation, grant new powers or authorities to federal agencies or departments.

    "We need comprehensive cybersecurity legislation," Andy Ozment, a senior director for cybersecurity at the White House, said at a conference in Washington last week. "We cannot do everything under our existing authorities."

    White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Michael Daniel, Commerce Department Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank, Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Jane Holl Lute and National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith Alexander will be among the officials participating in Wednesday's briefing, according to details obtained by The Hill. Industry representatives have been invited to attend the briefing.

    A White House spokeswoman declined to comment on the timing of the executive order.

    It has been revised several times over the past few months and would also encourage agencies to share intelligence about cyber threats with companies that operate critical infrastructure.

    Over the past few months, the White House has engaged in outreach efforts to industry groups, think tanks, companies and advocacy groups to solicit feedback on what should and should not be included in the order.

    A leaked copy of the draft order this fall revealed that the White House had incorporated some changes into the order that were an attempt to smooth over concerns that the high-tech industry had raised.

    The White House began work on the executive order after the Senate failed to pass a sweeping cybersecurity bill by Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). The bill included a measure aimed at improving information-sharing about cyber threats between government and industry.

    However, it also had a more controversial provision that would encourage companies that operate critical infrastructure to adopt cybersecurity best practices and standards into their computer networks.

    Critical infrastructure operators would receive incentives, such as added protection from legal action if they are hit with an cyberattack, in exchange for adopting those measures.

    That section of the Senate bill, the Cybersecurity Act, provided the backbone for the White House's executive order. The bill failed a second time when it was brought to the Senate floor before the end of 2012.

    GOP senators and the influential U.S. Chamber of Commerce fought hard against the Senate bill, warning that it would apply burdensome new regulations to businesses. Business groups argued that new cybersecurity rules would slow down companies' ability to respond to cyber threats because they would be more focused on complying with regulations than on securing their networks.

    Instead, Republican lawmakers and business groups have advocated for Congress to pass legislation that is aimed at removing legal hurdles that prevent the government and companies from sharing intelligence about cyber threats in real time with each other.

    House Intelligence Committee leaders Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) are set to re-introduce an information-sharing bill on Wednesday. That bill passed the House last year despite receiving pushback from the White House.

    The bill aims to thwart cyberattacks by making it easier for private companies to share information about cyber threats and malicious source code with the intelligence community and the Department of Homeland Security.

    Last year, privacy advocates argued that the bill would increase the pool of people's electronic communications flowing to the military and the secretive National Security Agency. The White House issued a veto threat a day before the bill was taken up on the House floor for a vote, saying it repeals "important provisions of electronic surveillance law without instituting corresponding privacy, confidentiality, and civil liberties safeguards."

    The bill went untouched by the Senate last year. The upper chamber is expected to revive its work on cybersecurity legislation this year.

    Rockefeller, Feinstein and Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), the new chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, said enacting legislation would be a priority this year and introduced a resolution stating that cyberattacks are one of the most serious threats facing the United States.

    Sources: White House to issue cybersecurity order Wednesday - The Hill's Hillicon Valley



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    Obama's Cybersecurity Executive Order vs. CISPA: Which Approach Is Best?

    As part of his State of the Union speech last night, President Obama tipped an executive order that is intended to improve the security of Internet-based critical infrastructure. But what does that order include?

    Obama's plan would allow federal agencies to notify private companies if they detect any sort of cyber intrusion that would harm operations or the security of company data.

    Specifically, the plan expands the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) information-sharing program to other federal agencies. The DIB was put in place in 2011 and allows the Defense and Homeland Security Departments to share non-classified information about cybersecurity-related threats with DIB partner companies, like contractors.

    But as we've seen with hacks of the Federal Reserve and the Department of Energy, defense-related agencies are not the only ones being targeted by hackers. So the executive order "requires Federal agencies to produce unclassified reports of threats to U.S. companies and requires the reports to be shared in a timely manner," the White House said. It also allows for "near real-time sharing of cyber threat information to assist participating critical infrastructure companies in their cyber protection efforts."

    Obama has also ordered the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop a framework for handling cyber-security threats. "NIST will work collaboratively with industry to develop the framework, relying on existing international standards, practices, and procedures that have proven to be effective," the White House said.

    Given the rapid pace of technology, the recommendations will be technology neutral, the administration said. Once they've been developed, DHS will work with other agencies to reach out to companies for voluntary implementation of the framework.

    While sharing details about cyber attacks might seem like a no brainer, a major concern is how the data is handled. If these threats deal with a credit card company or major social network, will your personal information be protected?

    The White House insisted that the executive order includes "strong privacy and civil liberties protections." Any type of information sharing will be based on the Fair Information Practice Principles (FIPP), a set of information-sharing principles developed by the FTC, as well as other applicable privacy and civil liberties policies, principles, and frameworks.

    "Agencies will conduct regular assessments of privacy and civil liberties impacts of their activities and such assessments will be made public," the White House said.

    Executive Order vs. CISPA

    Last night, Obama called on Congress to do even more on cyber security. Two members of the House, in fact, plan to re-introduce the controversial CISPA information-sharing bill today, but it has not secured the support of the White House. A bill backed by the administration was introduced in the Senate last year, but did not make any major headway.

    The main difference between the White House executive order and CISPA is that CISPA would allow private companies (like Facebook or Google) to share details about cyber attacks with the government, whereas the executive order is a one-way street, with the feds sharing information with the private sector. CISPA opponents were concerned about immunity clauses that they said would incentivize companies to hand over customer information without hesitation.

    As a result, the White House threatened to veto CISPA if it made it to President Obama's desk. The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a statement that said the bill "departs from longstanding efforts to treat the Internet and cyberspace as civilian spheres."

    In a statement last night, the ACLU issued its support for the executive order and warned against CISPA. "The president's executive order rightly focuses on cybersecurity solutions that don't negatively impact civil liberties," said ACLU Legislative Counsel Michelle Richardson. "For example, greasing the wheels of information sharing from the government to the private sector is a privacy-neutral way to distribute critical cyber information."

    Broadband trade association USTelecom said the executive order "takes some important steps toward achieving policy goals that will help protect our nation from harmful threats," but said the issue should ultimately be handled by Congress - via bills like CISPA.

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