Skip to comments.Congress To Amend NDAA To Give DoD & NSA Greater 'Cyberwar' Powers
Posted on 05/10/2012 11:45:49 AM PDT by Mich1193
Remember the NDAA? Yeah, for a variety of reasons that bill got a lot of attention last year -- mostly focused on the question of detainment of terrorists. But there are some other nuggets in the bill, including one tidbit about "military activities in cyberspace." The existing version of the NDAA does grant the Defense Department the ability to conduct such military activities, but only "upon direction by the President" and if the purpose is to "defend our Nation, Allies and interests," subject to existing laws.
However, the House Armed Services Committee is getting ready to do a markup on the NDAA that includes a change to that section (section 954), which expands the powers of the Defense Department, and basically gives it broad powers to conduct any military actions online -- with it specifically calling out clandestine operations online. Here's the text they want to substitute:
SEC. 954. MILITARY ACTIVITIES IN CYBERSPACE.
(a) AFFIRMATION.Congress affirms that the Secretary of Defense is authorized to conduct military activities in cyberspace.
(b) AUTHORITY DESCRIBED.The authority referred to in subsection (a) includes the authority to carry out a clandestine operation in cyberspace
(Excerpt) Read more at liberty.com ...
Didn’t read the whole thing, but the part you presented looked fine.
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