For the chamber’s clarification, I am Senator Nagpal, and I will be speaking on the Affirmation of the bill to increase funding for counterterrorism training. I will be examining and explaining my stance through two major points of analysis. On to my first point:
I would first like to point out that the amount of money lost through these hackings is simply too much for us not to intervene. As of 2013, 500 BILLION DOLLARS HAVE BEEN LOST. 500
BILLION dollars. This, coupled with the fact that the United States has come out of a recent recession needs to have a solution quickly. Not only is this injustice affecting the US government, but it is also affecting the everyday lives of the people. Huge retailers such as Sony,
Target, Neiman Marcus, and others have reportedly lost billions of dollars as well due to these cyber attacks. This kind of terrorism is an epidemic that MUST be stopped, we HAVE to find a solution to these issues. This bill is the solution to sort us out of the mess that is the threat of cyber terrorism. On to my second point:
Secondly, I would like to point out that there are physical risks as well as economic risks to cyber terrorism. According to professors at Princeton University, “Cyberterrorism is the use of computer network tools to harm or shut down critical national infrastructures (such as energy, transportation, government operations). The premise of cyberterrorism is that as nations and critical infrastructure became more dependent on computer networks for their operation, new vulnerabilities are created—“a massive electronic Achilles’ heel.” Cyberterrorism is an attractive option for modern terrorists, who value its anonymity, its potential to inflict massive damage, its psychological impact, and its media appeal. The threat posed by cyber terrorism has grabbed the attention of the mass media, the security community, and the information technology (IT) industry.” These attacks cause a serious threat to large business; evidently they have already struck on a few of the large ones, however, this could be a gateway to even more hackings on big corporations. We need to pass this bill in order to avoid mass chaos; my fellow senators, I ask you to join me in the strongest affirmation of this bill.
Thank You I now yield the rest of my time for cross examination.
Resolution to offer Food Aid to Third World Nations For the chamber’s clarification, I am Senator Nagpal, and I will be speaking in favor of the affirmation of the resolution to offer food aid to third world nations. I will be examining and explaining my stance