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 NPR.org: 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
Posted by CN at 6:11 AM