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US Rep Guinta on opposition of cybersecurity bills 


WASHINGTON. D.C. – Congressman Frank Guinta released the following statement today discussing his opposition to H.R. 1560 and H.R. 1731, which both passed the House this week:


“In the ‘Live Free or Die’ state we believe strongly in the principle of protecting and securing our civil liberties.  In light of the significant revelations in 2013 and 2014 that the government spied and collected the personal and sensitive information of innocent Americans, Granite Staters have urged me to keep the fundamental right of privacy in mind when voting on any legislation.


Our nation is in dire need of a serious and robust conversation regarding an overhaul of our intelligence community.  We need to ensure that individuals have a right to due process, and that there is a strong emphasis on an open and transparent society.  We must, and I believe we can, find that proper balance between protecting our civil liberties and our homeland.  These are not mutually exclusive ends, and I will continue to fight for both.” 


H.R. 1560 - the Protecting Cyber Networks Act - promotes the voluntary sharing of information about cyber threats among private companies and the federal government.  It allows the intelligence community to share intelligence with private sector entities.


H.R. 1731 – the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement – provides liability protections for private companies sharing sensitive information with the federal government.


CEI - ‘Richard Windsor’ Was Up on Ethics, Cybersecuri ty, Records Management Training

EPA Awarded Certificates To Alias Employee Created by Former Administrator to Avoid FOIA Disclosure


WASHINGTON, D.C., June 3, 2013 — Richard Windsor may not ever have existed as an employee at the Environmental Protection Agency. But he was up to date on his training for both ethics and records preservation, according to emails revealed today by the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

Following up on revelations of former EPA administrator Lisa Jackson’s false-identity email account plainly in violation of the Federal Records Act and EPA policy, Christopher Horner, senior fellow at CEI, asked for any certification of Jackson receiving e-mail, recordkeeping and ethics training.

It turns out Jackson completed training in ethics for 2010, 2011 and 2012 as her alter ego/false identity, Richard Windsor, as well as training for document preservation and how to deal with whistleblowers.

‘Windsor’ scored a 100 on cyber security awareness, but had various scores – one as low as 75 – on whistleblower training.

Eric Wachter, director of the EPA’s Office of the Secretariat, said Jackson “completed the EPA-hosted, computer-based training while using [the Richard Windsor] account.”

‘Richard Windsor’ was the fake name Jackson used for an alternate email address created for certain correspondence with her inner circle both inside and out of government. EPA has claimed this account was for internal use only – one in a series of what seem to be false claims made to get past the seemingly endless revelations of unlawful behavior.

Horner discovered Jackson’s alias email address – Richard is the name of her dog; Windsor comes from East Windsor, N.J., where she used to live – during research for his book, ‘The Liberal War On Transparency.’

Horner has since sued EPA seeking emails to and from the Windsor account, as well as text messages and IM communications of various senior EPA officials and correspondence to, from and about EPA’s ‘chosen’ environmentalist pressure groups. EPA has refused to produce – or produced only heavily redacted documents – in response to virtually all Horner’s requests.

Jackson took the cybersecurity awareness training in her own name in 2010 but had ‘Windsor’ take it for her in 2011.

“I don’t know how grown men and women could think having a non-existent employee take tests for the administrator of an agency – or have the administrator receive training under a false identity – is acceptable,” Horner said.

“This series of attestations that a non-existent employee completed required training reveals corruption to the core of the Agency. The best one can say is that, if you’re going to use a false identity for federal recordkeeping purposes, the fake employee may as well be fully certified in the law and ethics of the matter.”



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CEI Today: E-Verify, global warming lawsuit, cybersecurity debate, and controversy over Cordray appointment


E-Verify Mandate Would Impose New Costs on American Businesses, Workers

If the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform proposal becomes law, one provision alone—that employers use E-Verify to confirm work eligibility—will cost businesses, workers and government $8.5 billion per year, according to an analysis by the Competitive Enterprise Institute. >Read more

> Interview David Bier



Myth v. Fact: H.R. 624, The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA)

The Chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Mike Rogers, defends the House-passed cybersecurity bill, CISPA, on RedState. CEI's Ryan Radia takes issue:

As you explain in your post above, CISPA includes a private right of action that “establishes liability if the government violates restrictions on use, disclosure or retention of information.” Given that users harmed by governmental misuse of information shared under CISPA have no other remedy, why does the bill require injured individuals to prove that the government “intentionally or willfully violate[d]” CISPA? ? > Scroll to read full comment

> Interview Ryan Radia


Hensarling: CFPB Has No Valid Director So Financial Services Committee Cannot Accept Testimony

The House Financial Services Committee chairman Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) fired off a statement about why the committee cannot legally accept testimony from Richard Cordray on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) semi-annual report "until he is validly appointed as the bureau’s director. However, the committee will continue to conduct rigorous oversight of the CFPB."

In fact, CEI is currently involved in litigating a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the powerful, unaccountable CFPB, including how its director is appointed.

> Read the chairman's statement

> Read about the lawsuit

> Interview an expert



Supreme Court Asked to Review EPA “Endangerment” Regs

In a lawsuit challenging over-reaching greenhouse gas regulations, the Competitive Enterprise Institute joined the Southeastern Legal Foundation, a host of lawmakers and several companies in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling that upheld EPA. > Read more

> Interview Sam Kazman





JUNE 20, 2013


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CLIP & Wiley Rein Webinar: The Broadcast Incentive Auction

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is developing service and auction rules to transition broadcast spectrum to mobile use through a novel incentive auction.
> Info & registration



Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellowship

CEI offers a one-year fellowship for journalists seeking to improve their knowledge of the principles of free markets and limited government. 

Submit a proposal for a year-long project that is related to CEI’s issue advocacy work, along with résumé, cover letter, and writing samples.  The fellowship begins in October, 2013.




CEI Weekly: Cybersecurity Bill Passes House 

April 19, 2013



Feature: CEI experts express concerns about CISPA.

FEATURE: Cybersecurity Bill Passes the House


The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) passed the House this week and is headed to the Senate. The bill would facilitate information sharing between private companies and government agencies about possible cyber threats. CEI's Ryan Radia argued that despite lawmakers' good intentions, CISPA could ultimately harm American consumers by voiding private contracts and undermining the rule of law. Read Radia's statement here.






The UAW, Having Stripped Detroit Bare, Turns to the South

Matt Patterson and Julia Tavlas' op-ed in Forbes


Another Correa Problem

Iain Murray & Geoffrey McLatchy's op-ed in The American Spectator


Jessica Melugin's web memo 
CEI's citation in The Baltimore Sun


Obama's Closed Government

Brian McNicoll's citation in The Huffington Post


Obama Threatens CISPA Vote

Ryan Radia's citation in Ars Technica


Perez Used Private Email for Gov Business

Chris Horner's citation in The Washington Free Beacon


CISPA Passes House Despite Privacy Concerns

Ryan Radia's citation in The Daily Caller


















April 18, 2013: CISPA Is the Wrong Approach to Cybersecurity


Today, the House passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2013 (CISPA). Associate Director of Technology Studies Ryan Radia opposes the bill because it would nullify existing contracts and eliminate the rule of law in certain areas.



CEI Today: Cybersecurity, Gang of 8 immigration bill, and wind energy subsidies


CISPA Is the Wrong Approach to Cybersecurity

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2013 (CISPA). Associate Director of Technology Studies Ryan Radia opposes the bill because it would nullify existing contracts and eliminate the rule of law in certain areas.

> Read about CISPA

> Listen to the podcast

> Interview Ryan Radia


IMMIGRATION "GANG OF 8" PROPOSAL Four Of The Worst Arguments Against The Immigration Bill

Since the Gang of 8 released their proposal, the desperation from those who want to see this bill die — and any hope of immigration reform die with it — can be heard throughout DC. Its opponents are spreading everything from the inaccurate to the absurd about the bill and its probable consequences. > Read more

> Interview David Bier

WIND ENERGY SUBSIDIES - MARLO LEWIS Can Wind ‘Compete’ without Subsidy?


The EU’s biggest joke of a climate policy—by far—has been the Emissions Trading Scheme, a cap-and-trade. It’s actually failed twice. During its first phase, the over allocation of carbon rationing coupons led to windfall profits for utilities, but no actual emissions reductions, as the carbon price plummeted. This week, during its phase three, the Emissions Trading Scheme collapsed again, and this time, it appears to be down for good.  > Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis






JUNE 20, 2013


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