- The Washington Times - Monday, December 8, 2008


Obama urged to protect cyberspace

President-elect Barack Obama should create a new White House office to protect cyberspace from hackers, thieves and foreign agents, coordinating security efforts across U.S. military, intelligence and civilian agencies, a new report from a panel of leading government and industry experts says.

The report, expected to be made public Monday on Capitol Hill, also urges Mr. Obama’s administration and Congress to pass new laws to allow for speedier investigations, and in some cases quicker retaliation once intruders are identified. It proposed online “data warrants” rather than traditional search warrants.

At least five members of the panel also are working for his presidential transition team, including former White House official Paul Kurtz, advising Mr. Obama on national security matters, and Obama technology advisers Dan Chenok and Bruce McConnell.

The proposals by the Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency come during increasing exasperation within the government over computer break-ins at the Pentagon, White House, State Department, Commerce Department and elsewhere that have been traced across foreign borders, notably to Russia and China.


Rice sees evidence leading to Pakistan

There is evidence of involvement on Pakistani soil in the recent attacks on the Indian city of Mumbai, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Sunday, repeating calls for Pakistan to help bring the perpetrators to justice.

Miss Rice told “Fox News Sunday” that she thought the militants who staged the assault were “nonstate actors,” but Pakistan still should cooperate in the investigation. She said U.S.-Pakistan relations were at stake, as well as Islamabad’s ties with India.

India has blamed Islamist militants based in Pakistan for the three-day assault on India’s commercial capital that killed 171 people, including six Americans.

Pakistan has condemned the attacks, denied any involvement by its state agencies and vowed full cooperation in investigations. However, it has called for proof of Pakistani involvement.

“I think we do believe that there was, there is evidence of involvement somehow on Pakistani soil,” said Miss Rice, who just returned from a trip to the region to urge cooperation between India and Pakistan. They have fought three wars since independence in 1947.


Democrat wins House race in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio | Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy won a central Ohio congressional race by 2,311 votes over Republican Steve Stivers.

Franklin County elections officials released unofficial results Sunday that included about 24,000 outstanding provisional ballots, about 40 percent of which were cast by voters in the 15th Congressional District.

Mrs. Kilroy received 139,582 votes to Mr. Stivers’ 137,271 - a big enough margin to avoid a recount.

Mr. Stivers held a 594-vote lead going into the counting of provisional ballots.

Ohio’s congressional delegation now consists of 10 Democrats and eight Republicans.

Mrs. Kilroy narrowly lost the election to the 15th Congressional District seat in 2006 to Republican Deborah Pryce. Mrs. Pryce chose not to seek re-election.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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