Friday, May 27, 2005
But no one's blaming George W. Bush, because he's such a strong leader in the war on terror
Meanwhile, if this had happened while Bill Clinton was president...yadda-yadda-yadda...
Well, we started out fine, but then we got into this case-modding contest and time just slipped awayAnd just in case the press or anyone else gets tired of us endlessly pointing out what the reaction would have been had something-or-other happened under Bill Clinton, there's a real simple solution - START BLAMING GEORGE W. BUSH FOR ALL THE DISASTERS HAPPENING WHILE HE'S PRESIDENT!!!!!
Good thing the House of Representatives approved that $31.9 billion budget for the Homeland Security Department last week, because the agency clearly needs the additional funds. According to a new report from the Government Accountability Office, the DHS Information Assurance and Infrastructure Protection Directorate has failed to complete any of its 13 assigned cybersecurity tasks and is generally ill-equipped to protect the nation's critical information infrastructure. "DHS cannot effectively function as the cybersecurity focal point intended by law and national policy," the report said. "There is increased risk that large portions of our national infrastructure are either unaware of key areas of cybersecurity risks or unprepared to effectively address cyber emergencies." I'll say. According to the GAO report, the DHS lacks even a plan to secure our data networks. Astonishing -- all the more so since the GAO has been urging the department to complete just such a plan since 2001. "The DHS has failed to meet the responsibility for critical infrastructure protection. And even worse, this report proves that a national plan to secure our cyber networks is virtually nonexistent," Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose, said in a statement. "As long as our critical infrastructures are interconnected and interdependent, the likelihood that a cyber attack will disrupt major services or cripple our economy will remain and the threat will increase."
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