by Kim KouriExaminer.com
â€œYou never want a serious crisis to go to waste." - Rahm Emanuel, White House Chief of Staff
On Monday, October 19, top talk show host Glenn Beck will expose President Barack Obama's latest power grab: control of the Internet. The show (aired on Fox News Channel at 5:00 PM EST) is a must-see for anyone interested in freedom and limited government, and it's a welcome change from the Obama propaganda one gets from most news organizations.
However, on September 3, this writer exposed this stealth Obama-Congressional operation in a column worth reading to understand the danger Americans face when the government sets its sights on the last bastion of freedom of expression -- the worldwide web. And, of course, they are using the problem of cyber crime to rationalize their takeover.
A Senate bill (S.773) if passed would give the President of the United States the authority to declare a â€œcyber emergencyâ€ and close down the Internet by disconnecting users.
In addition, it will require professional IT people to be certified by the federal government, something that angers many IT technicians and those who believe in the First Amendment. Americans are being deceived by the news media and their elected officials in Washington, DC and itâ€™s Americans who will suffer from that deception, according to information technology experts.
This stealth legislation is being sponsored by the powerful and highly partisan Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and the liberal Senator Olympia Snow (R-ME), claim critics.
â€œThe fact that a man [Rockefeller] who visited other nations to give them a heads up about our intentions [to invade Iraq] would now suddenly care about security is laughable,â€ said political strategist Mike Baker. â€œBut there is no laughing about a government that wants to control cyber space, the last bastion of freedom of speech in our crumbling democracy,â€ said Baker.
â€œWhat irks President Obama and the other liberal-left politicians is that fact that while theyâ€™re pampered by the mainstream news media, talk radio and the Internet are not in the tank for them,â€ he added.
During a White House announcement televised on Fox News, CNN and other news networks, Obama said he will appoint a cyber security coordinatorâ€”or Cyber Czarâ€”for the critical infrastructure that all Americans depend on.
â€œWe will ensure that these networks are secure, trustworthy and resilient,â€ he said. â€œWe will deter, prevent, detect and defend against attacks, and recover quickly from any disruptions or damage.â€
The cyber security office will orchestrate and integrate all cyber security policies for the government, the president said. It will work closely with the Office of Management and Budget to ensure agency budgets reflect those priorities, and, in the event of major cyber incident or attack, it will coordinate government response.
The cyber security coordinator will be a member of the national security staff and will serve on the presidentâ€™s national economic council.
But Critics point out that any high-tech program that entails government intrusion should be carefully monitored by not only the US Congress but also private sector experts in cyber security and computer-based espionage.
â€œPeople went ballistic when they discovered the Bush White House authorized the interception of telephone and other electronic communications by intelligence and law enforcement agencies, and rightly so. Yet, I havenâ€™t heard a peep from these same people who claim they are concerned with â€˜privacy rights,â€™â€ said security expert and former NYPD cop Mike Fitzgerald.
â€œThis may come back to haunt us as the first step down a truly slippery slope,â€ said former the Police detective and director of security.
â€œThe technology involved is so complicated that it may take computer scientists to discover whether the government is protecting Americans on the worldwide web or spying on them. And what are businesses that rely on the Internet supposed to do if the President closes down the Internet?â€ asks Sam McCarthy a former police commander now a computer security expert..
The cyber infrastructure is not limited to the federal government. The office will work with state and local governments and international partners to combat cyber attacks, and also will work with the private sector to ensure an organized and unified response to future cyber incidents, Obama stated.
Experts agree that Americaâ€™s economic prosperity in the 21st century will depend on cyber security, which also affects public safety and national security. However, most experts contacted said that cyber security should be the responsibility of the private sector not government officials.
â€œWe count on computer networks to deliver our oil and gas, our power and our water,â€ said McCarthy.
â€œComputers help run public transportation networks from the skies to subways, he noted, and hackers have launched attacks on electrical grids,â€ he said.
Part of the Obama program is a national campaign to promote cyber security awareness and digital literacy. The effort also will be part of the presidentâ€™s initiative to build a digital work force for the 21st century. However, according to security experts, Obama is seeking powers never before given to a President even during the height of the Cold War.
â€œOnce Americans realize whatâ€™s happening it may be too late thanks to Obamaâ€™s supporters in the news media. Do a search and you wonâ€™t see stories about this power grab in the major media,â€ warns Baker.
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a staff writer for the New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he's the former editor for the House Conservatives Fund's weblog. Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty.
He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer for TheConservativeVoice.Com and PHXnews.com. He's also a columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. He's appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc.