NEW Secret Presidential Policy- Directive 20- Signed

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PostTue Nov 20, 2012 8:00 pm » by Seahawk

Some reports are saying that this new "secret" policy could pave the way for military deployment/ rule within the U.S., in the name of cyber security. It's no secret that he signed the policy. What's secret, is most all of what's contained in the policy. :top:,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=8658068318b5772b&bpcl=38625945&biw=1024&bih=629

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Obama reportedly signs secretive cybersecurity policy directive

With Senate and House debates over cybersecurity in high gear, the president signs a directive outlining how the military can act when the U.S. is threatened with cyberattacks.

by Dara Kerr
November 14, 2012 8:26 PM PST

President Obama has long said cybersecurity is one of his priorities and it appears he is now acting on his words.

According to the Washington Post, he is said to have signed a secret policy directive last month that will give the military and other government authorities the ability to act quickly if the country comes under cyberattack.

Dubbed the "Presidential Policy Directive 20," this classified document allegedly outlines the rules of how federal agencies are allowed to react when it comes to online breaches of security, hacking, cyberthreats, and attacks.

One of the major elements of the directive, according to the Washington Post, is that it deals with "offensive" versus "defensive" action and makes the distinction between network defense and cyber operations.

"What it does, really for the first time, is it explicitly talks about how we will use cyber operations," a senior administration official told the Washington Post. "Network defense is what you're doing inside your own networks... Cyber operations is stuff outside that space, and recognizing that you could be doing that for what might be called defensive purposes."

According to the Washington Post, offensive actions will require high scrutiny and White House permission. An example of an offensive action in halting a cyberattack would be shutting off the link between an overseas server and a local targeted computer.

News of this directive comes as Senate Republicans yesterday shot down cybersecurity legislation backed by the president. According to Bloomberg, in a 51-47 vote the Senate failed to pass a cybersecurity bill and most likely killed any chance for congressional action on legislation this year. This type of House and Senate in-fighting is probably what led the president to look for other ways to pass some sort of cybersecurity law, like the directive.

Besides outlining how the military is to act during a cyberattack, the directive is also said to ensure that U.S. citizens' data and privacy is protected. It also allegedly states that law enforcement or traditional network defense techniques will be used first before the government turns to military cyber units for help.

"We always want to be taking the least action necessary to mitigate the threat," another senior administration official told the Washington Post. "We don't want to have more consequences than we intend."


Proposed government legislation on national cybersecurity has been thrown around the House, Senate, and White House for years. Besides the legislation killed by the Senate yesterday, Sen. Joseph Lieberman also recently pushed Obama to sign a cybersecurity executive order that would act as a so-called Internet kill switch granting the president vast power over private networks during a "national cyberemergency." Now Lieberman is hoping a more modest version of his proposal will be approved by January.

According to the Washington Post, the Pentagon now plans to finalize the Presidential Policy Directive 20's new rules. It's unclear, however, when and how the government will start using the directive.

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Obama signs secret directive to help thwart cyberattacks

By Ellen Nakashima, Published: November 14

President Obama has signed a secret directive that effectively enables the military to act more aggressively to thwart cyber­attacks on the nation’s web of government and private computer networks.

Presidential Policy Directive 20 establishes a broad and strict set of standards to guide the operations of federal agencies in confronting threats in cyberspace, according to several U.S. officials who have seen the classified document and are not authorized to speak on the record. The president signed it in mid-October.

The new directive is the most extensive White House effort to date to wrestle with what constitutes an “offensive” and a “defensive” action in the rapidly evolving world of cyberwar and cyberterrorism, where an attack can be launched in milliseconds by unknown assailants utilizing a circuitous route. For the first time, the directive explicitly makes a distinction between network defense and cyber-operations to guide officials charged with making often-rapid decisions when confronted with threats.

The policy also lays out a process to vet any operations outside government and defense networks and ensure that U.S. citizens’ and foreign allies’ data and privacy are protected and international laws of war are followed.

“What it does, really for the first time, is it explicitly talks about how we will use cyber-
operations,” a senior administration official said. “Network defense is what you’re doing inside your own networks. . . . Cyber-operations is stuff outside that space, and recognizing that you could be doing that for what might be called defensive purposes.”

The policy, which updates a 2004 presidential directive, is part of a wider push by the Obama administration to confront the growing cyberthreat, which officials warn may overtake terrorism as the most significant danger to the country.

“It should enable people to arrive at more effective decisions,” said a second senior administration official. “In that sense, it’s an enormous step forward.”

Legislation to protect private networks from attack by setting security standards and promoting voluntary information sharing is pending on the Hill, and the White House is also is drafting an executive order along those lines.

James A. Lewis, a cybersecurity expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, welcomed the new directive as bolstering the government’s capability to defend against “destructive scenarios,” such as those that Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta recently outlined in a speech on cybersecurity.

“It’s clear we’re not going to be a bystander anymore to cyberattacks,” Lewis said.

The Pentagon is expected to finalize new rules of engagement that would guide commanders on when and how the military can go outside government networks to prevent a cyberattack that could cause significant destruction or casualties.

The presidential directive attempts to settle years of debate among government agencies about who is authorized to take what sorts of actions in cyberspace and with what level of permission.

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PostWed Nov 21, 2012 4:04 am » by Marcydare

Nice find Seahawk,
Here it comes, a little at a time.......

: The directive. "effectively enables the Military to act more aggressively
to thwart cyber attacks on the Nations web of Government and private computer networks",

And then a little time goes by......

The Military now has the Power to Fix on your location, Attack and Kill you without a Warrant
for practicing your right to Free Speech and being a Cyber Terrorist.

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PostWed Nov 21, 2012 7:28 am » by mediasorcery

hey, they voted for him, maybe its just what those voters need, a little obama love and care lol,thing is, romney probably works for obama anyway, here comes the hope n change.

you can take that to the bank
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PostWed Nov 21, 2012 7:44 am » by Willease

The National Security Agency has shot down a Freedom of Information Act request for details about an elusive presidential order that may allow the government to deploy the military within the United States for the supposed sake of cybersecurity.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) reports on Tuesday that their recent FOIA request for information about a top-secret memo signed last month by US President Barack Obama has been rejected . Now attorneys for EPIC say they plan to file an appeal to get to the bottom of Presidential Policy Directive 20.

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PostWed Nov 21, 2012 2:20 pm » by Tjahzi

good post, scary shit

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PostWed Nov 21, 2012 10:56 pm » by Marcydare

Bump this.....

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PostThu Nov 22, 2012 7:33 am » by Mydogma

Wow 1984 here we come...walk around with a blank stare and you will fit right in...stay in line...and follow the rules little children..the smart good people at the top will take care of you...because they love you and care about every last one of you...they have already built bunkbeds just for you...I wonder at what point do the cowards and liars awaken to the scheme...
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