FC: Bush signs Department of Homeland Security bill

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Mon Nov 25 2002 - 20:16:35 PST

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        Bush signs Homeland Security bill
        By Declan McCullagh
        November 25, 2002, 5:08 PM PT
        When President Bush signed a bill on Monday creating the Department of
        Homeland Security, he started a process that will reshuffle
        bureaucracies, permit greater Internet surveillance and refocus the
        government's computer security efforts.
        The authors of the massive law, which totals about 500 pages, envision
        a far greater role for the government when it comes to making sure
        operating systems, hardware and the Internet are secure. The law
        allocates $500 million for research into new technologies. It also
        classifies certain activities as new computer crimes, stiffens
        penalties and permits Internet providers to hand more information
        about subscribers to police.
        "The department will gather and focus all our efforts to face the
        challenge of cyberterrorism, and the even worse danger of nuclear,
        chemical and biological terrorism," Bush said during a White House
        ceremony Monday afternoon. "This department will be charged with
        encouraging research on new technologies that can detect these threats
        in time to prevent an attack."
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