Senator has reservations about cybersecurity bill

Tuesday - 6/29/2010, 1:58pm EDT

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  • An aide to Republican Senator Kit Bond tells Politico's Morning Tech the senator is lukewarm about the two cybersecurity bills his Democratic colleagues are pursuing. "Bond -- and I would think many members of Congress - has concerns about giving more responsibility to the Department of Homeland Security at a time when it is already overburdened," the aide says, referencing the position that would be created by the Lieberman-Collins-Carper cybersecurity bill. The aide also argues that the proposed cyber czar position within the White House could "impede congressional oversight," especially if he or she claims executive privilege. Both Senate bills pending floor action would create such a post.

  • During an ABC News "This Week" interview Sunday, CIA Director Leon Panetta says cybersecurity is one of the things keeping him up at night. Panetta says, "The other (worry) is the whole area of cybersecurity. We are now in a world in which cyber-warfare is very real. It could threaten our grid system. It could threaten our financial system. It could paralyze this country, and I think that's an area we have to pay a lot more attention to." Read the full transcript here.

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