[eDebate] too much gov't: cybersecurity act of '09

Old Strega oldstrega
Wed Apr 15 19:55:59 CDT 2009


this genius cybersecurity plan jives with obama's spying obsession.   from FISA all down the line, there is a pattern in the fine print underneath the symbolic action advertisements you're eating up on TV.   GO CYBERSECURITY! SWEET!!!
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2009/04/cybersecurity-act

Furthermore, the bill contains a particularly dangerous provision that could cripple privacy andsecurity in one fell swoop:
The Secretary of Commerce? shall have access to all relevant data concerning (critical infrastructure) networks without regard to any provision of law, regulation, rule, or policy restricting such access?In other words, the bill would give the Commerce Department absolute, non-emergency access to ?all relevant data? without any privacy safeguards like standards or judicial review. The broad scope of this provision could eviscerate statutory protections for private information, such as the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the Privacy Protection Act, or financial privacy regulations. Even worse, it isn?t clear whether this provision would require systems to be designed to enable access, essentially a back door for the Secretary of Commerce that would also establish a primrose path for any bad guy to merrily skip down as well. If the drafters meant to create a clearinghouse for system vulnerability information along the lines of a US/CERT mailing list, that could be useful, but that?s not what the bill?s current language does.




foucault flipped the question of liberalism upside down b/c the FDR tradition was already way dead back in the early 80s:



"Liberalism...is to be analyzed as a principle and method of rationalizing the exercise of government...[G]overnment is not to be understood as an institution but, rather, as the activity which consists in directing human conduct within the setting and with the instruments of the state...
      Liberalism is permeated by the principle that "there is always too much government."...The suspicion that there is always a risk of too much governing is tied to the question: why is it necessary to govern at all?   With this interrogation, the liberal critique is hardly separable from the problematic of "society."







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