Timing is everything and the timing of this makes it sound like a great strategy to root out anyone not in total agreement with the pres. (After all, dissenting increases your risk of DOING something about it, right?) From the bill: “(F) develop a timeline for deploying workplace monitoring technologies, employee awareness campaigns, and education and training programs related to identifying, preventing, mitigating, and responding to potential insider threats to the Department’s critical assets;" -- This is HORRIFYING. It is asking people to spy on their coworkers and foster an environment of suspicion and fear.
This bill creates a new program and committee within DHS which appears to replicate existing services and provides no funding to do so. Further, some of the phrasing is sufficiently vague as to be prone to misuse against American citizens. We do face internal threats, but this is not an effective strategy to address them. Full Bill Text here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/666/text
After skimming the bill, the gist of it is that an "Insider Threat" is someone who works with classified information and may be in a position to leak classified info. They want to set up a committee to figure out how to oversee and police potential "Insider Threats" within the government itself.
This is a vaguely-worded bill that doesn't respond to any named credible threat, but increases the powers of DHS exponentially. The vagaries concern who might be considered an "insider threat" or "security assets," which could be almost anyone, according to the language of this bill.
Having looked up the text to this bill, I am TERRIFIED. The "Insider Threat" program is meant to punish whistleblowers who wish to expose governmental wrongdoing. However, it doesn't stop there. The bill is worded so that ANY person involved in governmental activities, including state, local and tribal leaders, could be punished for speaking out against anything that's deemed "a threat to national security". As we know already, the disgusting people in charge consider any disagreement a threat. If this bill passes, it means those we elect will have no ability to speak out without the threat of being prosecuted and jailed, or worse, for treason. This bill is an affront to the values we hold dear in this country, especially free speech. It's authoritarian in nature at best, and fascistic at worst.
This bill creates a new program and committee within DHS which appears to replicate existing services and provides no funding to do so. Further, some of the phrasing is sufficiently vague as to be prone to misuse against American citizens. We do face internal threats, but this is not an effective strategy to address them.
This is far too vague, likely purposely so, and equally likely to be misused. When one considers the sponsor of the bill, this is even more likely. Mr. King should perhaps take a break from proposing new bills for the interim.