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Carrie Cordero Compiles Alarm-Sounding Sequestration Comments

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 6:43 AM

Carrie Cordero, Georgetown’s Director of National Security Studies and a former Justice Department official, writes in with the following useful compilation of administration warnings about the effects of sequestration on national security: One might think it would have been better to start with Senator Tom Coburn’s infamous Wastebook when looking for places to trim the deficit. (Great . . .
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Can Congress be Express Without Being Explicit? Senate Debate on the NDAA’s Domestic Detention Provision

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Friday, November 30, 2012 at 12:09 PM

[Updated 3:08 p.m] Last night, the Senate approved Senator Dianne Feinstein’s amendment (No. 3018) to the pending NDAA bill, regarding the military detention of citizens and lawful permanent residents.  The vote was 67-29. As Lawfarers well know by now, the amendment says that authorizations to use force and like statutes will not authorize the military detention of . . .
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Cybersecurity Bill Returns to the Floor — Sen. Reid

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 6:50 PM

In remarks today on the Floor, Senator Reid promised that the Lieberman-Collins cybersecurity bill would return to the floor before Thanksgiving.  Here is the rough transcript of what he said: WE’RE GOING TO HAVE A VOTE ON CYBERSECURITY. I SPOKE TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE A SHORT TIME AGO, SENATOR LIEBERMAN. HE’S GOING TO . . .
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This is Going to be a Tough Sell — Republican Cybersecurity Reaction

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Monday, July 23, 2012 at 1:37 PM

As we have all noted, Senators Lieberman and Collins have proposed a revised version of their cybersecurity legislation.  They’ve touted it as a compromise bill that moves closer to the middle and addresses industry concerns.  If this Myth v Fact Sheet about the Revised Cybersecurity Act of 2012 currently making the rounds is any indication, . . .
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Revised Cybersecurity Legislation Introduced

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Friday, July 20, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Late last night Senators Lieberman and Collins introduced revised cybersecurity legislation.  A short summary of the revised Cybersecurity Act of 2012 suggests that the major changes are 1) elimination of a mandatory regulatory system in favor of a voluntary one, with incentives for compliance; and 2) a strengthening of privacy and civil liberties protections in . . .
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Susan Landau on Cybersecurity Bills

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Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 7:15 AM

Susan Landau is currently a visiting scholar at Harvard’s Computer Science Department, formerly a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems, and the author of Surveillance or Security? The Risks Posed by New Wiretapping Technologies.  She is also one of the most knowledgeable people I know about cybersecurity policy.   She writes in with this comment about the pending . . .
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The Politics of the Cyber Legislation Debate

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Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Over the past several weeks, I’ve written a number of blogs about the substance of the cybersecurity bills pending before Congress.  As the House moves to consider cyber legislation next week and as the Senate prepares to begin its debate, I wanted to offer a brief comment on the politics of the debate. That question . . .
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The Who, What and Why of Information Sharing in Cybersecurity Legislation

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 6:28 PM

In earlier posts I’ve written generally about the information sharing provisions of the Lieberman-Collins cybersecurity bill and the McCain bill.  Today I want to continue drilling down in comparing the two bills on a more detailed basis by examining the nuts and bolts of the respective information sharing proposals – asking, what information will be . . .
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Surprise — House to Move Before Senate on Cyber Legislation

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 11:48 AM

For months everyone watching as cyber legislation moved on Capitol Hill has been sure of only one thing — that the main action was in the Senate where the basic outlines of any legislative deal would be forged.  The House, went the common wisdom, would have to follow along after Senate consideration.  No longer.  According . . .
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Bono Mack and Blackburn Introduce Cyber Bill in House

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Representatives Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) have introduced a companion cybersecurity bill in the House of Representatives that is said to be identical to the McCain Senate proposal. While of some interest, the main locus of attention will still be in the Senate. And on the Senate side, the main decision maker . . .
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Comparing the Senate Cybersecurity Liability Provisions

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Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 3:48 PM

In earlier posts I’ve written generally about the information sharing provisions of the Lieberman-Collins cybersecurity bill and the McCain bill.  Today I want to begin drilling down in comparing the two bills on a more detailed basis.  I’ve chosen for the first of these posts the competing liability exemption provisions and other related protections. Both . . .
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Cybersecurity and the Freedom of Information Act

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Monday, March 12, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Tomorrow the Senate Judiciary Committee will be holding a hearing on the relationship between the Freedom  of Information Act, and the protection of critical infrastructure.  One aspect of the hearing will be the proposal (contained in the Lieberman-Collins bill and in the McCain bill) to exempt any cybersecurity threat and vulnerability information voluntarily provided by . . .
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McCain et. al. take on Lieberman-Collins

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Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:55 AM

As predicted, a group of leading Senate Republicans (McCain, Hutchison, Grassley, Chambliss, Murkowski and Coats) have introduced an alternative cybersecurity bill that will be in direct competition with the Lieberman-Collins proposal.  Styled as a complete substitute and alternative, the McCain bill is reported to differ from the Lieberman-Collins proposal in three significant ways: It has . . .
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The Internet “Kill Switch” Debate

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Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Nobody in Washington ever got rich making predictions about the political process.  Nevertheless, I will go out on a limb and predict that at some point in the coming debate over the Senate cybersecurity bill, you will hear or read the words “Internet Kill Switch.” I wish I could find out who coined the phrase . . .
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Cybersecurity on the Floor

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 9:17 AM

So amidst all of the gridlock in Congress and the presidential campaigning, there is actually a pretty good chance that Congress might get something significant and forward-looking done this year. The issue is cybersecurity, which is already covered in more than 30 congressional statutes–or so says CRS in this enormously helpful report. Cybersecurity policy has been debated, and then promptly . . .
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“Please read the damn bill” Part 2: Senate Debate on the NDAA

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 10:22 AM

As so many of you have found our earlier post of the Senate debate over the NDAA useful, we wanted to offer legislative materials related to the Senate’s deliberations.  I will continue to update this post with new materials, as I find them today. And I will post a transcript of the portions of the . . .
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The New York Times Runs a Correction on an Editorial!

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Sunday, October 23, 2011 at 10:34 AM

I awoke this morning to a genuine marvel: An actual real-live correction to a New York Times editorial on a national security issue. It reads as follows: This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: Correction: October 22, 2011 An earlier version of this editorial misattributed the authors of the Senate measure. It . . .
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