9/11 Commission co-chairs prod senators for cybersecurity action
March 5th, 2012
07:29 PM ET

9/11 Commission co-chairs prod senators for cybersecurity action

By Suzanne Kelly

Tom Kean and Lee Hamilton, who co-chaired the 9/11 Commission, weighed in Monday on a simmering disagreement in the Senate over the best way to address the nation's vulnerability to cyberattacks.

The two men, who now run the Bipartisan Policy Center's Homeland Security project, are calling on senators to take more urgent action on the issue of cybersecurity. They cite recent public statements by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and FBI DIrector Robert Mueller warning that the cyber threat is expected to overshadow other terrorist threats facing the United States in the not-too-distant future.

"Much like the situation before the September 11, 2001, attacks, the federal government is not adequately organized to deal with a significant emerging national security threat," said Kean, former governor of New Jersey; and Hamilton, a former congressman from Indiana, in a letter sent to Senate leaders urging action on cybersecurity.

There are now two competing versions of cyber legislation in the Senate. One bill introduced last month by Sens. Joe Lieberman, I-Connecticut, and Susan Collins, R-Maine, establishes the Department of Homeland Security as the government's lead agency in battling cyberthreats. A controversial part of the bill calls on private companies that run critical infrastructure operations to prove to the government that they have taken steps to safeguard against attack.

But a group of Republican senators led by John McCain of Arizona last week introduced similar legislation without designating a lead government agency to take the helm on the issue. They argued that the Lieberman-Collins legislation puts too much power in the hands of DHS.

It's a view that Kean and Hamilton do not share.

"One of the reasons that the 9/11 Commission recommended the establishment of one committee with jurisdiction over homeland security issues was to ensure that there would not be a failure to act on important issues because of jurisdictional conflicts," they wrote. "Unfortunately, jurisdictional and procedural objections to considering cyber security legislation are now being raised. This homeland security issue is too critical for it to succumb to such conflicts between committees."

Kean and Hamilton also said that they have asked retired Gen. Michael Hayden, who was director of both the CIA and the National Security Agency, to find ways to better coordinate information between government and private industry on hacking incidents.

Hayden has publicly called for legislators to harness the power of the super-secret NSA in fighting cyberattacks, saying the NSA has the ability to fight the war, now it needs the authorization to unleash it.

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    July 29, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Reply
  2. Pradyumn

    Surely this is a joke. Is this the best the GOP can come up with in New Jersey? An inarticulate, mealy-mouthed wseael terrified to go off-script? To not articulate a position on the debacle in Iraq is one thing, but this guy looks like a bad SNL caricature.Give me a politico who can offend, agitate and shoot from the hip. Does the GOP think the American public can be fooled by an insect like this?On a brighter note, I was glad to see Kerry take some spirited potshots at Bush today. If only we'd seen that kind of charisma when he ran. Too late, John. You should've come out with both barrels blazing when you had the chance. Note to White House hopefuls: kick your handlers to the curb for once. We can spot a phony a mile away.

    July 1, 2012 at 1:41 am | Reply
  3. AWAKEincleveland

    “Earth to Lamestream CNN”
    that's Tom RIDGE

    The CNN Lamestream's 10th anniversary Official Version of 9/11 goes something like this…Directed by a beardy-guy from a cave in Afghanistan, nineteen hard-drinking, coke-snorting, devout Muslims enjoy lap dances before their mission to meet Allah…Using nothing more than craft knifes, they overpower cabin crew, passengers and pilots on four planes…And hangover or not, they manage to give the world’s most sophisticated air defense system the slip…Unphased by leaving their “How to Fly a Passenger Jet” guide in the car at the airport, they master the controls in no-time and score direct hits on two towers, causing THREE to collapse completely…Our masterminds even manage to overpower the odd law of physics or two… and the world watches in awe as steel-framed buildings fall symmetrically – through their own mass – at free-fall speed, for the first time in history. Despite all their dastardly cunning, they stupidly give their identity away by using explosion-proof passports, which survive the fireball undamaged and fall to the ground… only to be discovered by the incredible crime-fighting sleuths at the FBI Meanwhile down in Washington…Hani Hanjour, having previously flunked 2-man Cessna flying school, gets carried away with all the success of the day and suddenly finds incredible abilities behind the controls of a Boeing…Instead of flying straight down into the large roof area of the Pentagon, he decides to show off a little…Executing an incredible 270 degree downward spiral, he levels off to hit the low facade of the world’s most heavily defended building……all without a single shot being fired…. or ruining the nicely mowed lawn… and all at a speed just too fast to capture on video……Later, in the skies above Pennsylvania…So desperate to talk to loved ones before their death, some passengers use sheer willpower to connect mobile calls that otherwise would not be possible until several years later…And following a heroic attempt by some to retake control of Flight 93, it crashes into a Shankesville field leaving no trace of engines, fuselage or occupants… except for the standard issue Muslim terrorists bandana……Further south in Florida…President Bush, our brave Commander-in-Chief continues to read “My Pet Goat” to a class full of primary school children… shrugging off the obvious possibility that his life could be in imminent danger…In New York…Trade Center leaseholder Larry Silverstein blesses his own foresight in insuring the buildings against terrorist attack only six weeks previously…While back in Washington, Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz shake their heads in disbelief at their own luck in getting the ‘New Pearl Harbor’ catalyzing event they so desired to pursue their agenda of world domination…And finally, not to be disturbed too much by reports of their own deaths, at least seven of our nineteen suicide hijackers turn up alive and kicking in mainstream media reports (DO NOT ask questions!!)(Go shopping!!)(somewhere in the good ol’ USSA of Amerika a TSA pat-down is waiting for you) The FY 2012 National Defense Authorization Act awaits us all.

    Vs…9/11 truthers dominating theory…..

    Ground Zero – (101)
    The French AREN’T buying it either/FALSE-flag/everything about the official story is FALSE
    youtube: Bigard’s 9/11 series: 1. The magical passports
    (serirs 1,2, and 3… translated from french television) It’s Hilarious!
    Educate Yourselves!!!
    Google Video: (1-2 hr ea)
    1. Blueprint for truth -120 mins.
    2. 9/11 Mysteries -full version
    3. Dr David Ray Griffin at Boston U. (1-9)
    4. William Rodriquez Part (1-9)
    5. Loose Change 2cd Edition
    6. 9/11 In Plane Site -72 mins.
    7. John Schroeder -47 mins.
    8. ZERO.investigation.Into.911.avi
    9. 9/11 False Flag.avi (Nuoviso)
    10. TRU tv conspiracy “pentagon episode”
    11. Building what? Campaign
    12. The Truth is Out There TVO
    13. 9/11: Explosive Evidence – Experts Speak Out
    AFTER watching these videos you will come to the following conclusions… no plane at the pentagon/no plane in Shanksville (debris field 8 miles wide… (what)? still no photo of any wreckage or any debris)/no plane at WTC7/WTC 1 and 2 (debris field from 220 stories + 200 elevators only between 5 and 6 stories tall /or less) (probably zero planes that day-looked like computer graphics-plane melts into building- nose out shot- probably a missile – at best agree that 2 planes did NOT take down 3 towers) 9/11 hijackers still alive-BBC and all documentaries above/put options/Trillion’s of dollars missing 9/10/01(The area of the Pentagon struck by a missile/destroyed by explosives or both (accounting department) contained all records of this missing money) and (SEC investigations WTC 7???). Bush, Cheney, Rummy, Rice, Wolf (prior to 9/11) all agreed we (the US) needed a new “Pearl Harbor”/Pentagon collapsed 20 min. after said impact. No aircraft having been truly and honestly and finally serial number identified. Who, built the Bush’s 1st oil-rig? Who, worked for the CIA until 9/11? Who, previously held the position as Director of Central Intelligence? Who, was the US President on 9/11? Who, was Big Daddy having breakfast with 9/11 morning? (Ask questions..Ask many more questions?????)(Who is Phillip Zelikow?)(Securacom contract 9/10/01?)(the War on Terror is a fraud)(RIP Berry Jennings) (RIP Danny Jowenko)(RIP Beverly Eckert)(RIP Kenneth Johannemann)(RIP Michael H Doran) (RIP Daniel Wallace) …ostracize yourself from Lamestream Media

    NOTE: you will NOT come to the conclusion that hijackers/passengers/pilots/co-pilots were gassed into submission and then remotely controlled into the Twin Towers, into the Pentagon, and flown into the ground at Shankesville.

    No planes no problem = witnesses were FAKE (September clues A+B)

    March 9, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Reply
  4. the_guv

    I'm not saying CNN is an under-par news provider, necessarily, but on the run-up to a war with Iran isn't this a slightly more important story:-

    “CIA: Yup, 9/11 was an Inside Job”

    Read the lot at guv.li/911cia

    Here’s the opening few paras:

    A former CIA anti-terrorism asset has gone on record saying 9/11 was an inside job planned from the Oval Office.

    The CIA’s Susan Lindauer directly implicates President George W. Bush, Vice-President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Attorney-General John Ashcroft, among others, in a treasonous “false flag” conspiracy geared to paving the way for war.

    “It’s not like [top US officials] just spontaneously wired the World Trade Center [with thermite explosives]. They knew [a terrorist attack] was coming and they wanted to ensure there was maximum damage when it hit. They knew they were gonna use the airplanes as cover to demolish the buildings. [...] The hijackers got a lot of help.”

    The implication is that it is through the context of the later war with Iraq that the troubled tangle of 9/11 misinformation may best be unpicked. Currently deciding the outcome of the UK-based Iraq Enquiry, also known as the Chilcott Enquiry, it will be interesting to see if Sir John Chilcott agrees.

    * The motivation for 9/11: “War with Iraq”

    “The agenda was that when this attack happened they were going to war with Iraq.”

    ... et cetera

    March 6, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Reply
    • the_guv

      to be clear, that's at http://guv.li/911cia

      March 6, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Reply
  5. michaelfury

    "Tom Kean and Lee Hamilton, who co-chaired the 9/11 Commission"

    By the way, gentlemen: Would you be so kind as to explain why your Commission used public funds to cover-up Convar's data recovery of the WTC hard drives? And so clumsily? You didn't even try very hard, did you?


    March 6, 2012 at 7:54 am | Reply
  6. BeverlyNC

    We need to take cyber threats seriously as a national security threat. However, we need to end the Patriot Act before we allow the government to step up our expertise in preventing attacks on our critical national databases. We need to create a wall between government protection of our Internet and national agency databases and the private use of the Internet by the People.

    March 6, 2012 at 3:01 am | Reply
  7. Jim

    holder is the same guy that found no government fault when ATF burned 76 people – including 21 children in Waco. One or two more is small potatos for this monster.

    March 6, 2012 at 1:49 am | Reply
    • BeverlyNC

      Hello – Holder was not around during Waco. That happened in 1993 – almost 20 years ago. Know your facts or stay off the site with your paranoid lies.

      March 6, 2012 at 2:50 am | Reply
      • nemo

        Holder was deputy attorney general under janet reno.

        March 12, 2012 at 11:44 am |
  8. justin

    thats tom ridge, not tom kean

    March 6, 2012 at 1:07 am | Reply
  9. George Washington

    Traitors are behind 9-11 working for the new world order plain and simple.

    From the White House, Congress, Supreme Court, Federal Reserve . . . . we're done!

    So, let's get it over with . . . Come on WW3 Baby!

    Afterwards, any survivors can sing Kumbaya around the Georgia Guidestones.

    Come on, let's do it!

    Everybody get's nuked.

    March 5, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Reply
  10. rightospeak

    Lieberman has done enough harm to our country-he should have gone to Israel long time ago.More of our freedoms to be taken away while our country implodes ? The Homeland Security should investigate 9/11 and put the people responsible on trial for treason. If not for the 9/11 there would be no Homeland Security , so maybe there will not be an investigation into the lies.

    March 5, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Reply
    • George Washington

      Lieberman is a traitor!

      He has dual U.S./israeli citizenships and we know who he is most loyal to.

      March 5, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Reply

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