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Tauscher to sit on cyber security board

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Thursday, December 16th, 2010 at 4:08 pm in Ellen Tauscher.

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Former East Bay Rep. Ellen Tauscher, now the Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security in the State Department, will serve on a board charged with addressing cyber security such as the disclosure of thousands of U.S. secret documents on Wikileaks, according to a national security blog.

State Department Creates Cyber Coordinator Post

Plan for New Position in Works Year Before WikiLeaks Breach

December 16, 2010 – Eric Chabrow, Executive Editor, GovInfoSecurity.com

A newly created State Department Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues, unveiled in a 242-page report issued Wednesday, is charged with uniting different parts of the department working on cyber matters to more effectively advance America’s cybersecurity interests …

The coordinator will be in the Office of the Secretary, will report to Clinton, and will be guided by a cyber advisory council, chaired by Deputy Secretary James Steinberg and including Robert D. Hormats, undersecretary for economic growth, energy and the environment; Ellen Tauscher, undersecretary for arms control and international security; and Patrick Kennedy, undersecretary for management. Other senior department officials will be consulted as appropriate.

Tauscher’s name has come up in a few stories overseas and in the U.S. about the contents of secret diplomatic documents posted by Wikileaks, including these entries at the The Guardian, Salon.com, the Jerusalem Post and the Los Angeles Times.

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  • Ralph Hoffmann

    I just received word that Ellen’s espphageal cancer surgery earlier this month was a success. She’s recovering and hopes to return home by Christmas. If the Senate would ratify START by then, that would be a great present for her. She’s been in my prayers, but I haven’t spoken with her, so I don’t know if she has a Deep Throat.

  • John W

    Sounds like good news, and I wish her complete recovery. Yes, START ratification would a a fitting gift.

    As of Satuday, it seems dicey. They need 67 votes. Some Repubs are using the excuse that, because the Dems (plus 8 Repubs) approved DADT, they’re going to take their ball and go home on START.

    I watched John McCain on CSPAN Friday go on for an hour with an incoherenct explanation of his concerns about START. Translation, “I’m still bitter about 2008 but would approve the treaty if only it hadn’t been negotiated by Obama’s administration.” He even mentioned that he wasn’t whining about having the Christmas holiday cut short to do Senate business. He noted that he was away from home for six consecutive Christmases a long time ago. Now, we all deeply admire his physical and mental courage as a POW, but it seemed a bit tacky to remind us of it in a debate about Senate procedural matters. Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-HI) doesn’t ever, ever remind us of the arm he lost fighting in the Pacific in WW2 or about the Medal of Honor he was later awarded for his actions in combat. Former Sen. Bob Dole (R-KS), never talked about his life-changing WW II injuries, unless it was relevant to make a point about military or veteran’s matters.

  • Truthclubber

    McFart needs to retire A.S.A.F.P. and take his trophy wife Cindy somewhere where he can beat her to “get the poison of having disappointed his dad” out of his system….

    McDude: You lost in 2000 because you weren’t dirty enough in your reaction to relentless attacks from G. W. Shrub — and you lost in 2008 because you nominated a person with the IQ of a shrub to be a heartbeat from replacing your “old as dirt” body — GET OVER IT.

  • Ralph Hoffmann

    Why do I remember Thomas Eagleton when I hear Sarah Palin talk?

  • Ralph Hoffmann

    I just realized why! Sarah is one of the many millions who haven’t been diagnosed yet!

  • Tom Benigno

    Ralph: Do you meen Watergate bate Eagleton?

  • Ralph Hoffmann

    All people are divided into two groups; those who have been diagnosed with a mental illness, and those who have yet to be diagnosed. The only difference between Eagleton and Palin is he was in the former group, while she is in the latter.

  • Common Tater

    The people who really have a mental illness are the ones who divide people into arbitrary groups.

  • Ralph Hoffmann

    Like people who have Bipolar Disorder?

  • Ralph Hoffmann

    Liberals & Conservatives?

  • Ralph Hoffmann

    Democrats & Republicans?

  • Ralph Hoffmann

    Socialists & Fascists?

  • Common Tater

    No-Labels and Labels

  • John W

    I watched a mother and young daughter looking admiringly at Sarah on a Time Magazine cover today in the Blackhawk Safeway checkout line. She’s crazy like a FOX, so to speak. I don’t think anybody paid Tom Eagleton $100k a speech. I’m not sure whether she believes half the stuff she says, or whether it’s just a schtick. She started out as a pragmatic reformer in Alaska GOP politics.