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The White House has decided to preserve the cyber war powers held by the director of the

The White House has decided to preserve the cyber war powers held by the director of the
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  • NSA Director To Retain Cyber War Powers Brendan Sasso The Hill December 14, 2013 The White House has decided to preserve the cyber war powers held by the director of the National Security Agency (NSA). The decision to maintain NSA control over U.S. Cyber Command, a team of military hackers, means that the agency's next director will be a military officer and not a civilian, as privacy advocates had hoped. "Following a thorough interagency review, the Administration has decided that keeping the positions of NSA director and Cyber Command commander together as one, dual-hatted position is the most effective approach to accomplishing both agencies’ missions," Caitlin Hayden, a White House spokeswoman, said in a statement. The announcement comes as an advisory panel prepares to deliver a report to the president with recommended changes to the NSA. According to The Wall Street Journal, a draft version of the report recommends splitting the NSA and Cyber Command and naming a civilian director of the NSA. Cyber Command, which was created in 2009, is the military's main agency for attacking enemy computer systems and defending U.S. networks. Advocates of splitting the two commands argue that the current arrangement centralizes too much power in the hands of one official. Some civil liberties advocates also argue that a civilian head of the NSA could be more sensitive to privacy concerns. Hayden said that it was a "natural time" to review the arrangement because Keith Alexander, a four star Army general who leads both the NSA and Cyber Command, plans to step down in the spring. But she said the NSA plays a "unique role" in supporting Cyber Command, "providing critical support for target access and development, including linguists, analysts, cryptanalytic capabilities, and sophisticated technological infrastructure."
  • "These capabilities are essential in enabling DOD cyberspace operations planning and execution," she said. She argued that Cyber Command is able to rely on the NSA's code-cracking expertise to defend military computer networks and quickly counter cyber threats. "Without the dual-hat arrangement, elaborate procedures would have to be put in place to ensure that effective coordination continued and avoid creating duplicative capabilities in each organization," she said. Alexander had lobbied policymakers to keep the positions united for his successor. Reid: ‘Shameful’ that Senate cannot pass gun legislation Alexis Levinson December 14, 2013 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that the push for gun control is not over, one day before the anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. “At a time when more than 30,000 Americans are killed by guns each year, it is shameful that the United States Senate can’t pass gun safety legislation that would protect our most vulnerable citizens — our children,” Reid said in a floor speech on Friday, citing the “activism” of the family members in “raising awareness about gun violence and mental health issues.” Many of the family members of the victims have appeared on the Hill multiple times to lobby for gun legislation; a number were present when the Senate failed to pass such legislation over the summer. “I promise the families of the 26 innocents killed a year ago in Newtown — and the 173 children killed by guns since December 14, 2012 — that Senate Democrats will not give up on them,” Reid said. “We will not give up on the victims of 26 school shootings that have occurred since the Newtown massacre — including one in Sparks, Nevada that took the life of a teacher and injured two students. And we will not give up on the families and friends of those gunned down at a movie theater in Colorado and a Sikh
  • temple in Wisconsin and a shopping mall in Oregon — and every day on the streets of American cities.” Reid has previously said that he would like to pass gun control measures, but that for now, the votes are not there. But he said Friday that the push for some kind of gun legislation is not over. “Last December I promised the families of Newtown a meaningful conversation about how to change America’s culture of violence,” he said. “I want everyone within the sound of my voice to know that the conversation is not over. The American people will prevail. And I urge the families and friends of those killed in Newtown to never lose hope.” Gun Stocks Soar, Gun Control ‘Dead As An Issue’ Awr Hawkins Breitbart December 13, 2013 While the White House and Senate Democrats hammered guns and gun rights during 2013, investors put their money into gun company stocks and garnered "incredible returns." According to The Wall Street Journal's Market Watch, "those who bought [stock in] Smith & Wesson in the aftermath of [the heinous crime at Sandy Hook Elementary] have made profits of more than 60 percent." Those who bought Sturm, Ruger & Co. stock have made profits of "nearly 80 percent." These investments beat "the overall stock market by more than two-to-one." As Breitbart News reported on December 6th, these gains have not been lost on mutual fund companies like Vanguard and Blackrock. They too have broadened their investments in various firearm companies over the last year, as have financial firms like Capital Research and Management. As WSJ's Marketwatch put it: "Gun control is dead as an issue." Gun Stocks Soar, Gun Control ‘Dead as an Issue’ VIDEO BELOW http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/12/13/Lesson-From-2103
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