Boehner: White House Wants to Create Cybersecurity 'Monster'


House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday that the White House wants to create a cybersecurity "monster" to run roughshod over the Internet.

Asked at a press conference to respond to the White House veto threat of the Republican- (and cable operator) backed Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), Boehner said: "The White House believes the government ought to control the Internet."

He said the White House believed "that the government ought to take care of everything that is needed for cybersecurity," but that it was "in a camp all by themselves." Actually some congressional Dems, including those backing Senate cybersecurity legislation, are in the same camp.

Boehner said that private industry and "other parts of the government" understand that the government can't be in charge of the Internet.

He called the cybersecurity bill package teed up for House votes Thursday "common sense" steps to allow people to work together to prevent cyberterrorism, He said there were more steps that would be needed, but he said that was a fundamentally different approach the White House wanted to create "this monster here in Washington that can control what we can see or not see on the Internet."