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Clarke I: Less Privacy with Bush Protection Plan

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By Allan Holmes March 12, 2008

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Richard Clarke, former special adviser on cybersecurity for President Bush and an outspoken critic of the Bush administration, recently criticized Bush's national electronic security initiative Bush signed in January. According to an article posted by InfoWorld today, Clarke raised the specter that Americans' privacy could be at stake because the imitative focuses on "securing the government's own computing and communications networks, and adopting a more proactive approach to engaging in cyber-warfare," according to the article.

If that is true, Clarke says:

There's the idea that somehow these are government networks that we're talking about, but they really aren't, all these government sites are running through the same network of routers and the same fiber channels as everything else, there's no segmentation on these carrier networks. This means that [the plan's authors] either don't know that and merely think they need to reinforce security on state-owned servers, or data in their own facilities, in which case thy are missing most of the problem, or that they plan to do monitoring of everything going through the carriers' systems.

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