Posts Tagged ‘Secretary’

Department of Homeland Security Wants Nerds For a New “Cyber Reserve’”

November 1st, 2012 11:10 admin View Comments


pigrabbitbear writes “Just three weeks after Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told an audience at the Sea, Air and Space Museum that the U.S. is on the brink of a ‘cyber Pearl Harbor,’ the government has decided it needs to beef up the ranks of its digital defenses. It’s assembling a league of extraordinary computer geeks for what will be known as the ‘Cyber Reserve.’

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MacKinnon Extradition Blocked By UK Home Secretary

October 16th, 2012 10:43 admin View Comments


RockDoctor writes “BBC radio news (2012-10-16 GMT 13:00) is reporting that the Home Secretary has blocked the extradition of Gary MacKinnon to the U.S. for (alleged) computer hacking crimes. Paraphrasing: the Director of Public Prosecutions is going to have to decide if there is sufficient evidence for him to be tried in the UK for crimes committed in (or from) the UK. “ (Also at The Independent.)

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UK In Danger From Electromagnetic Bomb, Says Defense Secretary

May 15th, 2012 05:15 admin View Comments

The Military

judgecorp writes “Britain must build defenses against an EMP bomb, the UK Secretary of Defense Phillip Hammond told a conference today. Electromagnetic Pulse devices mimic the result of a solar flare or a nuclear explosion in the atmosphere, creating a storm of electromagnetic radiation, which can break mobile networks and satellite systems. Any preparation for solar storms must also consider the possibility of deliberate electromagnetic events, warns Hammond.”

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Twitter To Meet With UK Government About Riots

August 22nd, 2011 08:49 admin View Comments


conner_bw writes “Twitter has confirmed that it will meet with the UK Home Secretary on Thursday, after being called in for discussions over the role it played in the recent UK riots. Twitter will send a representative to the meeting scheduled for August 25. Both Facebook and RIM will also send representatives to the meeting in regards to their effects on the riots.”

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Panetta Says Defeat of Al Qaeda ‘Within Reach’

July 10th, 2011 07:27 admin View Comments

The Military

Hugh Pickens writes “Newly installed Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, on an unannounced trip to Afghanistan, says the United States was “within reach of strategically defeating Al Qaeda” and that the American focus had narrowed to capturing or killing 10 to 20 crucial leaders of the terrorist group in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen. Panetta, who rarely spoke on the record as CIA director, offered few details to bolster his assessment but intelligence officials say that computer files retrieved from Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, showed that the organization was in dire need of money and struggling under persistent American drone strikes on its leadership.”

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Cold Warriors Question Nukes

March 7th, 2011 03:43 admin View Comments

The Military

Martin Hellman writes “George Shultz served as President Reagan’s Secretary of State, and Bill Perry as President Clinton’s Secretary of Defense. Henry Kissinger was National Security Advisor and Secretary of State to both President Nixon and Ford. Sam Nunn was Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee for eight years. Their key roles in the Cold War has led many to call them ‘Cold Warriors.’ That status makes their recent, repeated calls for fundamentally re-examining our nuclear posture all the more noteworthy. Their most recent attempt to awaken society to the unacceptable risk posed by nuclear weapons is an Op-Ed in today’s Wall Street Journal titled Deterrence in the Age of Nuclear Proliferation. (That link requires a subscription to the Journal. There is also a subscription-free link (PDF) at the Nuclear Threat Initiative.) Key excerpts and links to other resources are available as well.”

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US May Disable All Car Phones, Says Trans. Secretary

November 18th, 2010 11:46 admin View Comments

gambit3 writes “The US government may require cars to include scrambling tech that would disable mobile-phone use by drivers, and perhaps passengers. ‘I think it will be done,’ US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood said on Wednesday morning. ‘I think the technology is there and I think you’re going to see the technology become adaptable in automobiles to disable these cell phones.’ LaHood is on a self-described ‘rampage’ against distracted driving, and if making it impossible to use a mobile phone while in a car can save lives, he’s all for it.”

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Defense Chief Urges Big Cuts In Military Spending

May 10th, 2010 05:00 admin View Comments

Hugh Pickens writes “The NY Times reports that US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates says the Pentagon is wasting money it will no longer get, and focused on targets as diverse as the large number of generals and admirals, the layers of bureaucracy in the Pentagon, and the cost of military health care. ‘The attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, opened a gusher of defense spending that nearly doubled the base budget over the last decade,’ Gates says. ‘Military spending on things large and small can and should expect closer, harsher scrutiny. The gusher has been turned off, and will stay off for a good period of time.’ Gates, a Republican who was carried over as Defense Secretary from the Bush administration, has already canceled or trimmed 30 weapons programs with long-term savings predicted at $330 billion, but is now seeking to convert as much as 3% of spending from ‘tail’ to ‘tooth’ — military slang for converting spending from support services to combat forces. While this may not seem like a significant savings in the Pentagon’s base budget, cuts of any size are certain to run hard against entrenched constituencies. Gates’s critique of top-heavy headquarters overseas was underscored by the location of the speech — the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. President Eisenhower, the supreme allied commander in Europe during World War II, warned the nation of the menacing influence of an emerging ‘military-industrial complex’ in his farewell address as president in 1960. ‘Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals,’ said Eisenhower, ‘so that security and liberty may prosper together.’”

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Subversive Groups Must Now Register In South Carolina

February 10th, 2010 02:57 admin View Comments

Hugh Pickens writes “The Raw Story reports that terrorists who want to overthrow the United States government must now register with South Carolina’s Secretary of State and declare their intentions — or face a $25,000 fine and up to 10 years in prison. The ‘Subversive Activities Registration Act’ passed last year in South Carolina and now officially on the books states that ‘every member of a subversive organization, or an organization subject to foreign control, every foreign agent and every person who advocates, teaches, advises or practices the duty, necessity or propriety of controlling, conducting, seizing or overthrowing the government of the United States … shall register with the Secretary of State.’”

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UK Government Seeks New Web Censorship Powers

December 16th, 2009 12:42 admin View Comments

oldandcold writes “Given the recent coverage and controversy over Australia’s forthcoming web censorship system, it is somewhat surprising (and worrying) that Clause 11 of the UK’s proposed Digital Economy Bill seems to have gone by largely unnoticed. It amends the Communications Act 2003 to insert a new section 124H that could give the Secretary of State powers to order ISPs to block pretty much any website for pretty much any reason. Such orders would not require the scrutiny of parliament, or anyone else for that matter because the Secretary of State would not be required to publish them.”

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