Judge Napolitano Takes on Obama Cyber-Security Order: 'Once the Door Is Opened ... It Won't Close'
During last night's State of the Union address, President Obama talked about an executive order that he had just signed to boost the country's cyber-defenses.
"America must also face the rapidly growing threat from cyber-attacks. We know hackers steal people’s identities and infiltrate private e-mail. We know foreign countries and companies swipe our corporate secrets. Now our enemies are also seeking the ability
to sabotage our power grid, our financial institutions, and our air traffic control systems. We cannot look back years from now and wonder why we did nothing in the face of real threats to our security and our economy.
That’s why, earlier today, I signed a new executive order that will strengthen our cyber defenses by increasing information sharing, and developing standards to protect our national security, our jobs, and our privacy. Now, Congress must act as well, by passing legislation to give our government a greater capacity to secure our networks and deter attacks."
(You can read the full Presidential Directive, here.)
One of the key pieces of the order, according to the Department of Homeland Security, is an effort to increase the sharing of information between the government and private companies. Judge Andrew Napolitano said today on Fox Business Network "that is the beginning of the end" for individuals' Internet privacy, arguing that it's yet another government initiative presented "with a smiling face ... to help you."
"The next step is, 'we gave you all this information, now we need access to yours,'" said Napolitano, who called the internet "the freest marketplace for ideas that the world has ever known."
Watch the full interview with Napolitano, including how he believes the president will be able to convince Congress to pass a cyber-security bill.