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Semi formal bodies to "vet" legal issues related to new technologies to maybe move the formal legislative process a little faster.

This is from website http://www.i-m.co/Kellm44/LegislativeReserve/about.html. How many times have we heard "there ought to be a law" or the government can't keep up with...? You name the issues. Changing technology, medical advances, changes in climate? Legislative Reserve provides an opportunity to address these issues.

See the website and see the proposal. I included a little from the site below. But there is a lot more there particularly in the Methodolgy tab. Is it possible for this to work? Would it be helpful?

Just for another tid bit from the site since i have space to do it. See below.

Vision

A fully functioning Legislative Reserve with Representatives from every state addressing issues that matter; Taking up issues with the purpose to address ethical, legal, or other concerns that other Legislative bodies do not or can not address; Provide rapidly debated, carefully scrutizied, politically vetted, and reasonably workable solutions to issues at the cutting edge of technology, etc.

And then this.

Beyond Hopes

We believe this could become the model of how Legislative bodies would address those emerging ethical, legal, and other concerns bringing the legislative process into the 21 century while increasing the velocity for those new to the world issues and have them addressed as a society with limits or regulations as deemed appropriate.

The pictures at the top of the Methodology tab shows where we came from over the last two centuries. The pictures on the left show where we believe we should be in ten years.

We see the possibility that governments would recognize the value of such an institution and evenually provide funding for such a program.

Dare we suggest that something similar to the Legislative Reserve could one day replace our centuries old legislative process providing the means to govern the new, dynamic, and emerging American way?

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  • Aug 7 2013: Milo Kelley

    I'd like to write about Executive Orders and similar....

    President Obama is a great speaker and writer.

    But compare his abilities with Harry S Truman, and he cannot make the grade.
    President Truman's Executive Orders and similar, were outstanding efforts used
    to return our Nation from War to Peace. A daily record of a hard working President.

    As a coach, I would have selected Truman over Obama because --
    Truman understood that his Presidential Authority did not need be proclaimed.
    His just was...

    I Compared Truman's Executive Orders -- with Obama's and Obama's series
    since 2009 of Presidential Policy Directives that along with Presidential Study
    Directives, replaced National Security Presidential Directives as instruments
    for communicating presidential decisions about national security policies of the
    United States. (a mouthful)
    ===
    I spent some of last night reading Executive Orders from 5 recent Presidents.
    I focused upon those EO's that were written immediately after each one's
    presidential inauguration.

    Following his last inauguration, Obama's CYBERSECURITY, was one of the first
    issues addressed, and the subject had been gone over with a Lawyer's fine tooth comb.

    All prior President's Executive Orders pertaining to the subject matter, revoked.
    ===
    I suppose we all have a style.
    • Aug 17 2013: To be honest, cybersecurity is a fairly recent term. Bush Sr. is the earliest President that may have had something similar under a different name. It is possible Bush Jr. had something like this with that term actually used. You also seem to ignore the difference between WWII and the Afghan and Iraq wars. It isn't like the entire nation mobilized and sacrificed for these wars. For most it was at best a minor inconvenience in a part of the world they didn't often think about. You are also talking about Presidents that cut their teeth in the larges war in human history, not an entirely fair comparison. If you want to see some trite legislation, check out the one that created the Department of Homeland Security. It creates a new department within our government, from two dozen other groups, that is very expensive and powerful. It was created with just a couple pages of double spaced text. Moving the Coast Guard from DoT to DHS was done in one sentence with no explanation or preamble. Congress created a whole department with almost no human resources or acquisition group and no people with any experience reporting directly to Congress to beg for money or defend themselves in hearings. EOs are often not very detailed for a reason. They are usually more a mission statement than a specific directive. It is not intended to be fine prose.
      • Aug 18 2013: Walter, thank you for your input.
        Obama has been pretty specific in his mission statements.

        I decided to go and find the responsible people who were at the beginning
        of the NSA Prism, XKeyscore, GIG, US Army IA, etc. and their meta-data
        suppliers AT&T, Verizon, IBM, Microsoft, Apple, Mozilla, Google, Yahoo, etc.

        Listing their names I began my searches.

        Many of those who started the technologies at the beginning 1968-1974 have
        since moved on to private enterprise, retired, or are dead. But their work left
        behind only grew.

        The political frameworks such as outlined in both Bush and Obama's presidential
        Directives and Executive Orders, promote these prohibitively expensive programs
        that collect, control, and store, meta-data spoken and written by US citizens (and
        peoples Worldwide), contrary to the 1st and 4th Amendments of our Constitution.

        These are real people involved. These are real Politicians involved.
        These are Terrible things that they do.

        Congress can vacation only so long.

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