The National Security Agency says a special directive from Barack Obama on the organization’s reach into private Internet communications will not be made public.
The announcement comes in a letter from the NSA’s Pamela Phillips to the Electronic Privacy Information Center, which had filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the document. “Because the document is under the control of the National Security Staff (NSS), this agency consulted with the NSS,” the letter explained. “The document was reviewed by the NSS as required by the FOIA and was determined by the NSS to be exempt from release pursuant to the fifth exemption of the FOIA. This exemption applies to inter-agency or intra-agency memoranda or letters which would not be available by law to a party in litigation with the agency, protecting confidential communications between the president and his advisers.” Document is classified “because its disclosure could reasonable be expected to cause exceptionally grave damage to the national security.” On Nov. 14, 2012, the Washington Post reported President Obama had signed Presidential Policy Directive 20 … in October. According to the Washington Post, the directive ‘enables the military to act more aggressively to thwart cyberattacks on the nation’s web of government and private computer networks.’ Previous attempts by the president to expand the military’s cybersecurity authority had been rejected as posing “unacceptable risks” and potentially “harmful consequences.” Further, EPIC wrote, the directive “may violate federal law that prohibits military deployment within the United States without congressional approval.” Bush issued a directive in 2008, which defined the cybersecurity authority of the NSA.
. “Transparency in cybersecurity is crucial to the public’s ability to monitor the government’s national security efforts and ensure that federal agencies respect privacy rights and comply with their obligations under the Privacy Act,” EPIC wrote. “This FOIA request involves information on the National Security Agency’s authority to invade civilian Internet networks. “The NSA has an almost boundless capacity to intercept private communications. Because federal law prevents the agency, a part of the Department of Defense, from conducting operations within the U.S.
The United Nations’ attempt to take over the Internet will move into high gear when the International Telecommunications Union meets in Dubai with representatives from 193 countries to craft a new governing structure for the Internet. The negotiators have kept the tightest possible lid on their discussions to prevent word of the regulatory proposals from leaking out. Indeed, the negotiations were totally secret until two George Mason University researchers, Jerry Brito and Eli Dourado, created a website called WCITLeaks.org and invited anyone with access to documents outlining the U.N. proposals to post them online. On June 12, 2012, an anonymous leaker posted a 212-page memo detailing the status of the negotiations and the proposed terms of the treaty.
But the first reports are horrific. Vinton Cerf, one of the founders of the Web and currently a vice president of Google, warns that “the open Internet has never been at higher risk than it is now.” He adds, “If all of us do not pay attention to what’s going on, users worldwide will be at risk of losing the open and free Internet.” The very concept of U.N. control of the Web is horrible. The U.N. is corrupt and biased in favor of authoritarian regimes.
. It takes the leading force for democracy in the world today — the Internet — and could transform it into an instrument for propaganda and oppression. Its most obnoxious feature would let countries censor websites that originate within their borders and force Internet users to pay a high fee for accessing foreign sites. If adopted, this provision would erect a wall of user fees, keeping people from viewing foreign sites and leaving Chinese and Russian users only a government-censored product to read. The draft treaty stipulates that the U.N. will assign e-names and provide host governments with names along with IP addresses, which will let them identify dissidents.The conservatives on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee need to ask the designee whether he or she approves of these secret negotiations and press him or her on the question of U.N. regulation of the Internet.
The proposed treaty stems from an initiative by Russia and China to restrict the Internet. It appears to have been the brainchild of Russian President Vladimir Putin. International Telecommunications Union — the U.N. agency to be vested with control of the Web — Putin turned vocabulary on its head, saying “if we are going to talk about democratization of international relations, I think a critical sphere is information exchange and global control over such exchange.” Touré, a native of Mali, is the ideal person to suit Putin’s objectives. We are entitled to ask why Soviet Russia would want to help a young man from Mali gain expertise in telecommunications, electronics and “informatics.”
The very concept of U.N. regulation of this free medium is repugnant.
Sources—wnd, bob unruh, the hill, dick morris,