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America's War on the Web 428

An anonymous reader writes "The Sunday Herald is reporting that while the US is continuing to pursue traditional means of protecting national security, they are also planning to launch a new wave of 'information warfare' to help combat a perceived growing threat of IT security. From the article: 'The Pentagon has already signed off $383 million to force through the document's recommendations by 2009. Military and intelligence sources in the US talk of "a revolution in the concept of warfare". The report orders three new developments in America's approach to warfare [...] the Pentagon says it will wage war against the internet in order to dominate the realm of communications, prevent digital attacks on the US and its allies, and to have the upper hand when launching cyber-attacks against enemies.'"
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America's War on the Web

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  • Better Article.... (Score:5, Informative)

    by toleraen ( 831634 ) on Monday April 03, 2006 @04:06PM (#15052884)
    A summary with a bit more information (and without horrible formatting errors), including a link to the actual document, can be found here [gwu.edu]. Apparently it's been declassified for a couple months now...but better to get this info out a little late then never I suppose.
  • by Dachannien ( 617929 ) on Monday April 03, 2006 @04:36PM (#15053115)
    By following that "link", you'll also get your "recommended daily allowance" of "scare quotes" in "giant headlines".

  • by TubeSteak ( 669689 ) on Monday April 03, 2006 @05:04PM (#15053347) Journal
    Everything you could ever want to know:
    From the Rand Corp. [rand.org]

    They're 'non-partisan', so they are at least making an effort at actually being "Fair and Balanced". And they've been writing papers about Information Warfare since the mid-90s
  • by vandon ( 233276 ) on Monday April 03, 2006 @05:05PM (#15053355) Homepage
    Sedition is not a civil liberty. I'm not saying the site owner should be necessarily arrested or the site shut down....

    Umm...yes it is, at least in the US. It may get you noticed, but it is most assuredly a 1st amendment civil right. Congress may try to take it away, but that is why the courts are a check and balance to congress.

    The Sedition Act of 1918 was repealed in 1921. Legal experts view the Sedition Act as being antithetical to the letter and spirit of the United States Constitution, specifically the 1st Amendment of the Bill of Rights. Anti-governmental-defamation laws similar to the Sedition Act are still in place in some of the world's most repressive countries, including North Korea and Libya.

    -and more recently,

    Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. asserted that "if there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea offensive or disagreeable." Many in Congress vilified the decision of the Court. The House unanimously passed a resolution denouncing the Court; the Senate did the same with only three dissents.
  • by glas_gow ( 961896 ) on Monday April 03, 2006 @05:08PM (#15053377)
    The problem with this article is that it presents IW as a new phenomenon, like its going to happen for the first time, tommorrow. This kind of stuff has been buzzing around the think tanks for years.

    Take this RAND publication from 1996, for example:

    http://www.rand.org/pubs/monograph_reports/MR661/ [rand.org]

    Citizens of western countries like ours should be very familiar with Information Warfare, our states have been practicing it upon us for years.

  • Re:Simple answer (Score:2, Informative)

    by Monoliath ( 738369 ) on Monday April 03, 2006 @05:53PM (#15053679)
    There's a federal backdoor in their TOS, if the government wants access to their records, they have it by default.

    A great idea, but faulted from a fundamental perspective :(
  • Via & On (Score:3, Informative)

    by Jeff Molby ( 906283 ) on Monday April 03, 2006 @06:41PM (#15053960)
    warfare will be conducted via the internet.

    I'm sure they intend to fight via the internet, but that appears to be just the beginning. Page six clearly says "We Must Fight the Net. DoD is building an information-centric force. Networks are increasingly the operational center of gravity, and the Department must be prepared to 'Fight the Net.'"

  • by Soulslayer ( 21435 ) on Monday April 03, 2006 @07:58PM (#15054404) Homepage
    Eh? The libertarian party is generally referred to as being socially liberal and fiscally conservative. They are for the maximum amount of personal social freedoms, minimal government (meaning lack of bloat, not lack of functional rule), and free markets with minimal (not non-existent) regulation.

    http://www.lp.org/article_85.shtml [lp.org]

    The libertarian party is hardly "new conservatism." Rather, it's one of the more logical centrist parties out there.

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