Saturday, January 8, 2011
President Pootie Tang isn’t satisfied with his so-called “internet kill switch,” thus giving him power to push a button and turn off access to the world wide web.
Now, our radical, anti-Constitution, Commander-in-Chief plans to hand the U.S. Commerce Department authority over a forthcoming cybersecurity effort which creates an Internet ID for Americans, a White House official announced Friday.
According to a report from CBS News:
White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt says, it’s “the absolute perfect spot in the U.S. government” to centralize efforts toward creating an “identity ecosystem” for the Internet.
The announcement came at an event today at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research on Friday, where U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Schmidt spoke.
The Obama administration is drafting what it’s calling the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, which Locke said will be released by the president in the next few months.
Locke, anticipating privacy criticism, said at the Stanford event.”We are not talking about a national ID card,” Locke said at the Stanford event. “We are not talking about a government-controlled system. What we are talking about is enhancing online security and privacy and reducing and perhaps even eliminating the need to memorize a dozen passwords, through creation and use of more trusted digital identities.”
The Commerce Department will be setting up a national program office to work on this project, Locke said.
Details about the “trusted identity” project are unusually scarce. But a few details are known. A possible forthcoming smart card or digital certificate that would prove that online users are who they say they are. These digital IDs will be offered to consumers by online vendors for financial transactions.
Schmidt stressed today that anonymity and pseudonymity will remain possible on the Internet. “I don’t have to get a credential if I don’t want to,” he said. There’s no chance that “a centralized database will emerge,” and “we need the private sector to lead the implementation of this,” he said.
Three years ago, Internet ID proposals were circulating in Washington to transfer authority to the secretive NSA, which is part of the U.S. Defense Department.
The creation of a government-issued Internet ID places President Pootie Tang far to the right of his predecessor, George W. Bush.