Janet Napolitano is helping Democrats sound the warning siren about cybersecurity and terrorism, but the everyday damage done by federal information systems is a lot less spectacular than the doomsday threats we are hearing in the push for a cybersecurity bill (see: The Real Cyber Threat Is From Politicians and Bureaucrats). If you plan to spend the weekend grinding out this year’s tax return, you might want to finish writing the check before you read this.
Add cybersecurity to the list of things politicians have talked about for years and never get around to doing. Why? Our government has proved time and again that it has trouble with technology. When Uncle Sam gets involved with computers he has problems (see: Uncle Sam Is No Geek), a troubling thought considering the cyber attack warnings we are hearing.
Civil Candor sported a gaudy new look on Monday. The message “This site has been Hacked by the LaW TeaM” was scrawled over an ugly black and red background, with a smattering of Arabic script and some nonsense about Muslims and Palestine. The hacker’s IP address traced to a hosting company in Cairo. Perhaps there really is a chance for Arab and Muslim countries to pick up some Western traits, as President Obama and John McCain have been telling us.
Sarah Palin raised the ire of critics, and even a few of her allies, after showing up at a Pennsylvania school in November, cookies in hand, to make a point about government regulation in Michelle Obama’s “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.” Even conservative Mike Huckabee sided with Team Obama, suggesting that Ms. Palin missed the point of the bill.
Congress picked a good time to finesse The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. The media is unwittingly keeping the topic current by churning out holiday filler pieces on food safety. Those unfortunate enough to have Thanksgiving memories of feasts that ended in misery need no further reminders of why we need to keep our food safe.