President Obama Considers Executive Order to Implement Cyber Security Plans
President Obama is sending an alarming signal that he is willing to consider an executive order in the event that his cybersecurity legislation is not passed. The Senate recently killed the president’s cybersecurity bill, but the Obama Administration considers some of its components to be essential to national security.
The hints from Obama came when the Senate ended last week’s debate on the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (CSA). The Obama Administration is blaming Republican stall tactics on the failure of the legislation, although some democrats opposed the measures as well.
“Unfortunately, we will continue to be hamstrung by outdated and inadequate statutory authorities that the legislation would have fixed,” said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.
“Moving forward, the president is determined to do absolutely everything we can to better protect our nation against today’s cyber threats and we will do that.”
Thus far, President Obama has issued more than 130 executive orders. The president is determined to implement an order on cybersecurity, stating that a cyber attack could hurt our financial, health care and other systems. But President Obama has been fought by privacy advocates, who are weary of law being implemented without the approval of elected officials. They are also concerned that the measures could lead to unchecked powers within the federal government.
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