[ISN] Senators propose high-tech SWAT team

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Date: Fri Mar 22 2002 - 00:04:08 PST

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    By Reuters 
    March 20, 2002, 4:45 PM PT
    Two senators introduced a bill Wednesday that would create a high-tech
    SWAT team of science and technology experts who would help the United
    States recover from cyberattacks on computer and communications
    The bill would create teams of high-tech experts who would volunteer
    to help during an emergency, similar to existing programs for
    search-and-rescue and medical volunteers. It would also set up a
    "reserve" of experts who could be contacted by emergency personnel.
    The bill would provide $35 million in grants for improved
    communications systems for fire, police and other emergency personnel.
    Bill sponsor Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said tech experts who have
    volunteered to help out in the past have been stymied by bureaucratic
    red tape and limited access to disaster sites.
    Republican co-sponsor George Allen of Virginia said the bill would
    "help remove whatever shackles there are on private enterprise so that
    government and the American people can benefit from their
    The attacks of Sept. 11 on the United States heightened concerns about
    the vulnerability of the nation's telecommunications, Internet and
    other vital networks to computer-based attack.
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