Republicans in the Senate blocked cybersecurity legislation. At least on this issue, there is a dime’s worth of difference between most Republicans and Democrats. So what is the White House considering? You guessed it — another executive order. Obama wants the authority and power to police the internet to protect us from “cyber threats.”
Who gets to define what constitutes a “cyber threat”? We think it means threats from foreign groups who want to bring down the United States. But there’s more to it.
The . . . Cybersecurity Act . . . would have encouraged private companies and the government to share information about cyber threats and would have required critical infrastructure operators to meet minimum cybersecurity standards.
The president wants “private companies” to share information with the government. There are a lot of private companies that are very liberal. Could they try to sabotage conservative companies by claiming that they are involved in anti-government rhetoric?
A report on terrorism in the United States has been published by the Department of Homeland Security. The goal of the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) program is to sponsor research that will aid the intelligence and law enforcement communities in identifying potential terrorist threats and support policymakers in developing prevention efforts.
And what should law enforcement agencies be looking for when it comes to domestic terrorism?
Americans “suspicious of centralized federal authority, reverent of individual liberty” and protecting their personal freedoms are categorized as extreme right-wing terrorists. The study claims that “right-wing extremists” are “groups that believe that one’s personal and/or national ‘way of life’ is under attack and is either already lost or that the threat is imminent.”
Can you imagine the field day liberals will have with control of the internet? Even if there is no guilt, having to defend oneself against government investigation could cripple or even bankrupt a company. Websites could be shut down until the government is “satisfied” that there is no “cyber threat.”
Benjamin Franklin astutely reminded his fellow anti-government compatriots that “In questions of power, let no more be heard of confidence in man but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the constitution.” Franklin was not the only founder who distrusted power in the hands of man.
“There is,” in the words of James Madison, a “‘degree of depravity in mankind which requires a certain degree of circumspection and distrust.’“ Madison speaks of the “caprice and wickedness of man,” and of the “infirmities and depravities of the human character.’”