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megimoo
06-13-2009, 01:48 AM
Privacy May Be a Victim in Cyberdefense Plan

"Here It Comes, Obama's Internet CyberCzar. Thought,Hate,Speak Crimes are with us !"

"We Will Have Grand Juries And Special Prosecutors On Line Ready To Pounce !"

The cybersecurity effort, Mr. Obama said at the White House last month, “will not — I repeat, will not — include monitoring private sector networks or Internet traffic.

The Socialists doth protest too much, methinks
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— A plan to create a new Pentagon cybercommand is raising significant privacy and diplomatic concerns, as the Obama administration moves ahead on efforts to protect the nation from cyberattack and to prepare for possible offensive operations against adversaries’ computer networks.
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President Obama has said that the new cyberdefense strategy he unveiled last month will provide protections for personal privacy and civil liberties.
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But senior Pentagon and military officials say that Mr. Obama’s assurances may be challenging to guarantee in practice, particularly in trying to monitor the thousands of daily attacks on security systems in the United States that have set off a race to develop better cyberweapons.
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Much of the new military command’s work is expected to be carried out by the National Security Agency, whose role in intercepting the domestic end of international calls and e-mail messages after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, under secret orders issued by the Bush administration, has already generated intense controversy.
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There is simply no way, the officials say, to effectively conduct computer operations without entering networks inside the United States, where the military is prohibited from operating, or traveling electronic paths through countries that are not themselves American targets.
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The cybersecurity effort, Mr. Obama said at the White House last month, “will not — I repeat, will not — include monitoring private sector networks or Internet traffic.”
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But foreign adversaries often mount their attacks through computer network hubs inside the United States, and military officials and outside experts say that threat confronts the Pentagon and the administration with difficult questions.
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Military officials say there may be a need to intercept and examine some e-mail messages sent from other countries to guard against computer viruses or potential terrorist action. Advocates say the process could ultimately be accepted as the digital equivalent of customs inspections, in which passengers arriving from overseas consent to have their luggage opened for security, tax and health reasons.
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“The government is in a quandary,” said Maren Leed, a defense expert at the bipartisan Center for Strategic and International Studies who was a Pentagon special assistant on cyberoperations from 2005 to 2008.
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Ms. Leed said a broad debate was needed “about what constitutes an intrusion that violates privacy and, at the other extreme, what is an intrusion that may be acceptable in the face of an act of war.”

In a recent speech, Gen. James E. Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a chief architect of the new cyberstrategy, acknowledged that a major unresolved issue was how the military — which would include the National Security Agency, where much of the cyberwar expertise resides — could legally set up an early warning system.
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http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/13/us/politics/13cyber.html?_r=2&hp

megimoo
06-13-2009, 01:51 AM
Why do they always refer to him as Mr. Obama and not as mr. president ?

CorwinK
06-15-2009, 12:32 AM
Mr. President was a term founded by President Jefferson in order to simplify the title process and bring to light the fact that the president is a steward of the people. Mr. Obama is an elitist and therefore must think that the term Mr. President is far too beneath him to warrant such use.


for the purposes of this particular sentence however it is simply grammatically incorrect. President Obama should be what is used to reflect the office in which he holds and the person by which we identify as the President.

linda22003
06-15-2009, 09:26 AM
Why do they always refer to him as Mr. Obama and not as mr. president ?

According to most style manuals, he's referred to initially as "President Obama" and in later references as "Mr. Obama". That has been followed here. "Mr. President" would never be correct unless in a direct conversation, as in asking him a question.