Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Discussion of International War Crimes and Cyberspace

Soldiers monitor computer screens inside the U.S. Central Command's mobile headquarters.

National Security: Extending The Law Of War To Cyberspace

Blurb from Electronic "cyberwar" capabilities are the most important military development in decades. But it's unclear how the rules of war might apply in this new area of conflict. At issue: protecting citizens, and defining a cyberattack.

My note: this interview with two former Bush staff is quite an unsatisfactory quick raising of questions involved - even with so little time. Since what's being addressed is harm to civilians, shouldn't this crucial discussion be further addressed with lawyers and other specialists less indebted for reputations/jobs to any recent administration or university? Why isn't this also an international discussion - or is it already? This means other nations in NATO umbrella of course yet even more importantly those countries and regions where civilians are likely to suffer most when international war crimes laws/agreements are not being served. (And ultimately, of course, this means our US civilians as well. The kind of humanitarian laws by which our nation abides - or does't - will likely decide whether or not the US has any kind of alibi or solace in an international court of laws or by another nation toward our own citizens/military.

What we sow is what we reap...

Listen to 7+ minute audio here for starters and how about something from other than Michael Hayden and Jack Goldsmith? CLICK here or GO here to Morning Edition and down to Stories/National Security

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