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    The "IT National Guard"

    An article you might find interesting. This comes from http://www.kcgeek.com

    An IT National Guard?
    By Roy Mark

    U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and George Allen (R-Va.) introduced legislation Wednesday to create a technology equivalent of the National Guard. The Wyden-Allen Science and Technology Emergency Mobilization Act would offer science and technology experts a government portal to offer their expertise, equipment and new technology ideas to prevent and respond to terror attacks and other disasters that could cripple technology and communications systems.

    Wyden first broached the idea of marshaling the nation's science and technology experts to fight terror last fall, one month after the Sept. 11 attacks. In consultation with technology experts, and through testimony before their Subcommittee, Wyden and Allen found that private-sector companies eager to offer assistance were often thwarted by the government's inability to accept and implement their help.

    "The Subcommittee has found a private sector ready and willing to contribute, but facing too many obstacles," Wyden said. "Some couldn't get the proper credentials to access the disaster sites. Some simply couldn't find the right place to offer their people, expertise and equipment, yet their expertise was sorely needed. This legislation will open a door in the Federal government to let our science and technology experts make life-saving contributions."

    The Wyden-Allen legislation seeks to engage the private science and technology sector in preparing for and responding to disasters in a variety of ways, including:

    Providing for the creation of teams of volunteers with technology and science expertise, organized in advance and available to be mobilized on short notice. The teams would be certified by a central office created in the executive branch of the federal government, headed by a director appointed by the president. The teams would be similar to existing urban search and rescue teams under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and medical response teams under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS);

    Providing for the creation of a "virtual technology reserve," consisting of a database of private-sector equipment and expertise that emergency officials can call upon in an emergency;

    Creating a Center for Civilian Homeland Security Technology Evaluation that would serve as a national ************* and test bed for innovative technologies relating to emergency prevention and response; and

    Establishing a "communications interoperability" pilot program awarding seven grants of $5 million each. The grants would help fund pilot projects to enable communications systems used by fire, law enforcement, and emergency preparedness and response agencies to work together for cross-communication in disaster situations.
    "This country has already mobilized the military, the government and law enforcement to fight terrorism, but America has yet to tap the tremendous technology and science talents of the private sector," said Wyden, who chairs the Senate Subcommittee on Science, Technology and Space. "This legislation invites a generation raised on information technologies to help their fellow citizens when crisis strikes."

    At a December subcommittee hearing, FEMA Director Joe Allbaugh agreed that having science and technology experts ready for rapid deployment would enhance disaster response.

    "Eventually, weeks after [Sept. 11], we were able to put together a database, but it would have been helpful to draw upon the brainpower in the United States to help us do a better job of managing the massive amounts of information that we were deluged with and at the same time continuing with our principal responsibility of saving lives and protecting property," Allbaugh testified.

    The proposed legislation has already garnered support from science and technology experts in the private sector, including Intel, Microsoft, Oracle, and America Online. It now moves to the Senate Commerce Committee for hearings and consideration. Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (R-N.Y.) plans to introduce similar legislation in the House of Representatives.

    March 20, 2002


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    Hmmm, Sounds to me like more censorship is gonna take place.... I mean you wouldnt make an online SWAT team for nothing, they will probably patrol websites to see if any interesting activity is going on and report back to whoever..... In fact, they may be watching us right now!

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    The thing that gets me is...The 'Net is a global resource. Who the hell does the US think it is to start Policing it!? IMHO, the CIA and FBI etc already failed to detect the devastating Sep 11th attacks and now we want to give these type of people more power? What the hell for? They have already proven to be in effective and all I can see happening is the arrests of kids running Dos attacks whilst the real purpetrators go free.

    It seems to me that the US is slapping the word "terrorism" on everything it has a strong dislike for and changing the laws to suit itself.

    [ george bush] "Isreal, you better get the hell out of Palestine.....Never mind that we're doing the same thing in Afghanistan"[/ george bush]

    Anyway, these are just my opinions...Nice post preacherman481

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    The government is just upset that the relinquised control of ARPANET, and they are now trying to find a way back in so they can charge more taxes.
    \"Ignorance is bliss....
    but only for your enemy\"
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