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Press Given Cybersecurity Executive Order Before SOTU, Agreed to Keep Quiet for 5 Hours

In Barack Obama, News, Other Leaks on February 12, 2013 at 10:13 PM

02/12/2013

Shortly before 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, the White House emailed reporters that President Obama had signed a highly anticipated Executive Order aimed at protecting cyber security.

The order — setting up new programs aimed at stopping online espionage and terrorism — was already the law of the land, signed by the president. But it was also secret.

The document was “embargoed until delivery of the President’s in the State of the Union address” — despite the fact it had already been signed.

Such embargoes — imposed unilaterally, rather than agreed-upon — are not binding on news organizations, which weigh the urgency of the news against the headache of, for instance, being dropped from the White House’s distribution list. BuzzFeed abided by the embargo, having participated in a background briefing on the move, but thought it appropriate to report on the unusual delay.

White House spokesman Tommy Vietor explained in an email Administration’s decision to, temporarily, conceal the new order: “We wanted to release the EO early on an embargoed basis because the subject matter is complicated and we knew you guys would have questions. It seemed more helpful for the press corps than sending it concurrent with the speech.”

Vietor added “this isn’t unprecedented. Take for example sanctions Executive Orders. They are signed one day, go into effect at midnight but are not released until the next day.”

The new order appears, however, to have taken effect immediately; Vietor didn’t respond to a follow up question about when the order took effect.

Keeping White House executive orders secret is far from unprecedented, but usually concerns actual secrets. In 2002, the Bush White House signed a controversial executive order allowing for warrantless surveillance on those suspected of terrorism.

According to a White House synopsis the Executive Order includes:

New information sharing programs to provide both classified and unclassified threat and attack information to U.S. companies. The Executive Order requires Federal agencies to produce unclassified reports of threats to U.S. companies and requires the reports to be shared in a timely manner. The Order also expands the Enhanced Cybersecurity Services program, enabling near real time sharing of cyber threat information to assist participating critical infrastructure companies in their cyber protection efforts.

The development of a Cybersecurity Framework. The Executive Order directs the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to lead the development of a framework of cybersecurity practices to reduce cyber risks to critical infrastructure. NIST will work collaboratively with industry to develop the framework, relying on existing international standards, practices, and procedures that have proven to be effective. To enable technical innovation, the Cybersecurity Framework will provide guidance that is technology neutral and that enables critical infrastructure sectors to benefit from a competitive market for products and service

Includes strong privacy and civil liberties protections based on the Fair Information Practice Principles. Agencies are required to incorporate privacy and civil liberties safeguards in their activities under this order. Those safeguards will be based upon the Fair Information Practice Principles (FIPPS) and other applicable privacy and civil liberties policies, principles, and frameworks. Agencies will conduct regular assessments of privacy and civil liberties impacts of their activities and such assessments will be made public.

Establishes a voluntary program to promote the adoption of the Cybersecurity Framework. The Department of Homeland Security will work with Sector-Specific Agencies like the Department of Energy and the Sector Coordinating Councils that represent industry to develop a program to assist companies with implementing the Cybersecurity Framework and to identify incentives for adoption.

Calls for a review of existing cybersecurity regulation. Regulatory agencies will use the Cybersecurity Framework to assess their cybersecurity regulations, determine if existing requirements are sufficient, and whether any existing regulations can be eliminated as no longer effective. If the existing regulations are ineffective or insufficient, agencies will propose new, cost-effective regulations based upon the Cybersecurity Framework and in consultation with their regulated companies. Independent regulatory agencies are encouraged to leverage the Cybersecurity Framework to consider prioritized actions to mitigate cyber risks for critical infrastructure consistent with their authorities.

Via BuzzFeed

Related Link: Obama Signs Cybersecurity Executive Order Ahead of State of the Union

SSDI Says Adam Lanza Died Day Before Sandy Hook Shootings

In Newtown: Sandy Hook School Mass Shooting, OpExpose on January 22, 2013 at 4:33 AM

01/21/2013

Sources:

Adam Lanza SSDI Record

Nancy Lanza SSDI Record

Detailed Coverage of Sandy Hook Hoax Here

Ecuador President Correa Warns of Possible “CIA Attack” Against Him Before Elections

In Ecuador, News, NWO, Other Leaks, USA on January 6, 2013 at 9:17 AM

01/06/2013

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has said the CIA may try to kill him prior to upcoming elections. Citing reports of a plot to “destabilize the region,” Correa said the threats were “credible,” given the history of US involvement in Latin America.

Correa alluded to reports by Chilean journalist Patricio Mery Bell, who allegedly passed on information to the Ecuadorian government that President Correa’s life was “under threat” by a CIA plot.

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“There are many cases of [the CIA] interfering” in Latin American affairs, Correa said during a campaign tour in the coastal province of Guayas. “These are credible [reports] because this has happened before in Latin America.”

The head of the US diplomatic mission in Quito, Adam Nann, responded to Bell’s claims by saying that Washington “would never get involved” in Ecuador’s electoral process.

Although Correa conceded that he believed the statements of the US ambassador, he warned that agencies such as the CIA often follow their own agenda and maintain links with organizations representing the extreme right in the countries in which they operate.

Bell first voiced his concerns for the safety of President Correa three months ago when he released a report claiming the CIA sought to “destabilize” Ecuador. He said that the threat to Correa’s life would be at its height from January 15 and onwards, as Correa applies to run for another presidential term.

“We will have to be three times more vigilant with President Correa,” Bell said in an interview with publication El Ciudadano.

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Bell maintained that although he was not a staunch supporter of Correa, it was his duty as a Latin American citizen to warn of the alleged $88-million CIA plot to destabilize the Ecuadorian government.

The journalist believes that this money will be divided amongst extremist anarchist, leftist and hardline conservative groups, in the hopes of discrediting Correas.

Bell claimed in his report that the main motives behind the CIA plot were the closing of the US Manta military base,  hailed as a victory for Ecuadorian national sovereignty, and the granting of asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

President Correa is often described as echoing the policies of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, especially in anti-US rhetoric. The 49-year-old economist has reduced poverty and increased stability and the overall standard of living in Ecuador during his presidency, winning popularity amongst the country’s poorest as well as the educated middle class.

Correa will run for reelection against six other candidates when campaigning begins on January 15. Ecuadorians will vote for the next president and vice president on Sunday, February 17.

Via RT

Related Link: CIA Drug Money Plot to Overthrow Ecuador’s President Correa

Prior to Sandy Hook Shootings, VP Biden Guaranteed Boston Mayor Gun Control Reform by End of January 2013

In Big Brother, Gun Control, News, Newtown: Sandy Hook School Mass Shooting, NWO, Other Leaks, Police State, Politics, USA on January 4, 2013 at 6:26 PM

01/04/2013

A leading gun control advocate who co-chairs a national committee with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says that the Vice President, Joe Biden, personally promised him that Obama will pass sweeping firearms reforms by the end of the month.

Boston Mayor, Thomas M. Menino, co-chair of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns organisation, told reporters at the City Hall that Biden had “guaranteed” him that far reaching gun control measures would be quickly implemented in 2013.

“He said, ‘Tommy, I guarantee you, we’ll get it done by the end of January,’” Menino said, adding that Biden had telephoned him several times to discuss gun control over the past two months.

“They’re going to get it done.” Menino said, intimating that Biden had made promises to him before the latest school shooting had even occurred.

Menino has spent most of his time hospitalized since October with a range of ailments. It was this ongoing illness that seemingly prompted the calls from Biden.

The Mayors Against Illegal Guns organisation group has lobbied Obama to introduce broad gun reform measures since his election in 2008. The group, consisting of around 500 mayors nationwide, has called for further empowering the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to crack down on the proliferation of firearms.

Among their recommendations has been a call to allow ATF agents greater discretion to conduct criminal investigations and background checks at gun shows. “Criminal activity endemic to some gun shows goes unchecked” the group noted in a 2009 report.

“I understand the second amendment, the right to bear arms. But I don’t understand how young kids should be able to get guns,” Menino said.

The Mayor added that Obama now has “no excuse not to pass strong (gun reform) legislation,” given that he no longer has to worry about getting re-elected.

“It’s time to get this moving and moving quickly,” Menino said. “Let’s do it now.”

Earlier this week, an Obama administration official told The Huffington Post, that the president plans to quickly push for new gun control measures beginning this month:

The official, who spoke about legislative plans only on condition of anonymity, said that coming standoffs over deficit reduction are unlikely to drain momentum from other priorities. The White House plans to push forward quickly, not just on immigration reform but gun control laws as well.

Via InfoWars

CT Police Backtrack Saying Adam Lanza Was NOT in Altercation at School Day Before Mass Shooting

In News, Newtown: Sandy Hook School Mass Shooting on December 19, 2012 at 3:23 AM

12/17/2012

Connecticut State Police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance denies reports that there was any altercation between the gunman Adam Lanza and four teachers at Sandy Hook elementary school the day before the mass shooting took place.

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