Harry Reid Calls Cybersecurity Act Delays ‘Scary’

SCARY! That's how Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) describes the lack of progress on the Cybersecurity Act of 2012. While senators offer amendments on everything from gun control to abortion bans and Obamacare to the bill, progress on the bill has come to a screeching halt.

"It’s scary that we’re not doing something on this bill,” Reid said on the floor Wednesday morning. "The nation’s top security experts have said a cyber 9/11 is imminent."

A "cyber 9/11?" Who sounds like a George W. Bush-era Republican now? The same tactics that Patriot Act opponents deemed inappropriate when the bill was being rammed through both houses of Congress in the early 2000's are now somehow acceptable. When I say tactics, I mean to say "scare tactics."

While some in the Senate would like to put the blame on Republicans who oppose the bill's new regulations on businesses in the "critical infrastructure" sector, there are plenty of Democrats that want serious changes to the bill before they can support it like tighter language on information sharing and privacy. Still, Reid mostly blames Republicans and the lobbyists from U.S. Chamber of Commerce for the bill's current stall.

"What more do we need, what more does the Chamber of Commerce need for them to release the Republicans?" Reid asked.

You know what gamers probably find scary? The government knowing what they are writing on Facebook and Twitter, knowing the intimate details of what they search for on Google and Bing, and knowing who they play games with in their favorite virtual playgrounds – all in the name of protecting computer systems and "critical infrastructure."

Source: The Hill

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