It shouldn’t come as a surprise anymore. Apparently the promises of change and transparency referred to a transparently obvious attempt to put a new face on the same policies that have been invading our privacy, militarizing the government, and criminalizing dissent since 2001.
Obama to name Howard Schmidt as cybersecurity coordinator
By Ellen Nakashima
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Seven months after President Obama vowed to "personally select" an adviser to orchestrate the government’s strategy for protecting computer systems, the White House will name a former Bush administration official to the job Tuesday.
Howard A. Schmidt, who was a cyber-adviser in President George W. Bush’s White House, will be Obama’s new cybersecurity coordinator, an administration official said Monday night.
Schmidt declined to comment.
The mission is challenging: to coordinate cybersecurity policy across the federal government, from the military to civilian agencies. Schmidt’s appointment comes as the Pentagon launches a major new "cyber-command" unit up and running and the Department of Homeland Security works to improve protection of civilian networks.
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