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WikiLeaks, Stuxnet, Cyberwar, and Obama
The American Thinker ^ | 12/9/2010 | JR Dunn

Posted on 12/09/2010 5:39:21 AM PST by Lakeshark

War is transforming itself before our eyes, turning into something unfamiliar and strange. Information has taken a place as a major class of weaponry, with sabotage and subterfuge as preferred tactics. On the new battlefield, these weapons are available not only to nation-states, but to organizations and even individuals.

The Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) is something that ought to be more widely known than it is.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cyberwarfare; demweakness
A long, interesting, and good read.
1 posted on 12/09/2010 5:39:26 AM PST by Lakeshark
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To: Lakeshark
The individual facts in Wikileaks may have some importance, but the really key thing is the methodology. This is like the emergence of the Blitzkrieg. All of a sudden, we live in a different world, and I think it is a world that is less conducive to central control.

Cue the Steve Jobs "1984" commercial.

2 posted on 12/09/2010 5:47:13 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: Lakeshark

bump for later reading


3 posted on 12/09/2010 6:01:45 AM PST by SpinnerWebb (In 2012 you will awaken from your HOPEnosis and have no recollection of this... "Constitution")
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To: ClearCase_guy
Let me also add something which I've been thinking about, but which I haven't seen anyone mention.

Let's picture Assange or one of his cronies engaging in a little creative writing. What topic should he choose? Or, I don't know ... maybe the birth certificate. Let's have Assange create an email from Barack Obama to Rahm Emmanuel. Let's have Obama express concern that people are "getting close to finding out" and have him question Emmanuel about "planting the evidence" in Hawaii, and mentioning money sent to Kenya "to destroy the evidence".

Yeah, type that up and stick it quietly into a batch of Wikileaks files. Put it next to the boring one about State Department diplomats talking to Albania about railroads.

No one needs to say anything. No one needs to make a big announcement. People will find it.

Okay. It's fake. How will anyone prove that? I think the Obama presidency goes down in flames virtually overnight -- through a very quiet, very inexpensive cyber attack. If I had to bet, I'd say that Assange's "insurance" cache contains something very much like this.

4 posted on 12/09/2010 6:02:01 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: Lakeshark

Commies have used anarchists before to stir things up before. Wikileaks is just the 21st century version.


5 posted on 12/09/2010 6:02:14 AM PST by vanilla swirl (We are the Patrick Henry we have been waiting for!)
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To: Lakeshark

We will soon realize we have to treat these cyber attacks for what they are: acts of war. And we have to respond “asymmetrically”.

This is just another example of how liberals treat acts of war and terrorism as law enforcement events and not military events.


6 posted on 12/09/2010 6:04:16 AM PST by drangundsturm
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To: drangundsturm

This was a really fine article, really fine.


7 posted on 12/09/2010 6:06:51 AM PST by cajungirl
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To: rlmorel

ping; well worth a read


8 posted on 12/09/2010 6:11:59 AM PST by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: vanilla swirl
Tin-foil hat time...Something about the whole thing is just 'off'. Too much coincidence in this whole fiasco for me.

The information was leaked, Assange is thus arrested, which leads to a massive cyber attack upon US Companies. Watch for more urgent calls to regulate the internet today. The progressives are working hard to control everything, this whole mess makes it easier.

9 posted on 12/09/2010 6:14:44 AM PST by buschbaby (~Irritated ~)
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To: drangundsturm
This is just another example of how liberals treat acts of war and terrorism as law enforcement events and not military events.

The lack of strategic understanding of this administration has been brought to the forefront by wikigate. The unfortunate truth is that liberals have no clue how muddled they are. Jimmy Carter and Neville Chamberlain had similar clueless moments, let's hope we can survive with Obama being their heir.

10 posted on 12/09/2010 6:16:12 AM PST by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: Lakeshark
Jimmy Carter and Neville Chamberlain had similar clueless moments,

For Carter, the 'moment' lasted a lifetime.

11 posted on 12/09/2010 6:17:04 AM PST by SeeSac
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To: SeeSac
Yes it did, it appears true for Obama as well.

We shall see.

12 posted on 12/09/2010 6:18:01 AM PST by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: Lakeshark
Before I retired as a contractor I had the privilege (?) of reviewing multiple military manuals, doctrine statements and similar documents.

The one point that I tried to make for several years is that Information Warfare and its sibling Information Operations MUST be front end loaded for every military operations, kinetic or otherwise. The story that hits the street first, no matter how inaccurate, will be the one that is believed. Wikileaks and “urban myths” from the 1980s and later prove this.

The most important thing that our children and grandchildren must learn, either at home or in schools, is the ability to weed out falsehoods and half truths from the things they read, no matter the source. There is absolutely no other safety mechanism in tomorrow's information centric world.

13 posted on 12/09/2010 6:19:24 AM PST by Nip (TANSTAAFL)
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To: buschbaby

It does tie in nicely with the timing of the Internet Regulatory push. It also seems strange that the administration did not do much about the first two dumps as well...


14 posted on 12/09/2010 6:19:32 AM PST by Max_850
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To: Lakeshark

Thank you for posting this, Lakeshare. It is a very interesting read.


15 posted on 12/09/2010 6:42:04 AM PST by MaggieCarta (Reigning Princess of "PDS" - Porter, Dark mild, Stout. I'm talkin' beer, here, people.[English Ale])
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To: SpinnerWebb

Well worth the reading.


16 posted on 12/09/2010 6:43:39 AM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: Lakeshark
Jimmy Carter and Neville Chamberlain had similar clueless moments lives.
17 posted on 12/09/2010 6:45:50 AM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: Lakeshark

Hey WikiLeaks! Show us the REALLY good stuff.

Rush Limbaugh Wants Julian Assange To Find the Really Good Stuff
Glynnis MacNicol | Dec. 7, 2010, 10:05 AM | 440 |
http://www.businessinsider.com/rush-limbaugh-wants-julian-assange-to-find-obamas-birth-certificate-2010-12

If WikiLeaks TMZ ever becomes a reality maybe Rush could have his own segment. From yesterday’s radio show:

“Where are the WikiLeaks documents to prove 9/11 was inside job by George Bush and Dick Cheney? Let me ask you liberals, where are these cables?

“Where are the documents to prove Bush intentionally lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq in order to invade the country?

Where is the WikiLeaks document, the State Department cable, whatever, that [Karl] Rove leaked Valerie Plame’s name to the media?

Where’s all this good stuff? ...

“Where are the WikiLeaks cables proving that the CIA invented AIDS? Where is Obama’s birth certificate? Where’s the real good stuff?

And how about all the hundreds of other left-wing lies we’ve been hearing about for years?

[Is] WikiLeaks covering up for the United States?”


18 posted on 12/09/2010 7:11:50 AM PST by Matchett-PI ( Sarah Palin / Marco Rubio - a "can't lose" ticket for 2012..)
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To: Lakeshark

Bump can’t read on Blackberry


19 posted on 12/09/2010 7:30:11 AM PST by Roses0508
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To: Lakeshark
They are correct in that warfare is changing significantly. Russians and Chinese have tested weaponry to disable satellites; The Chinese used a laser on one, the Russians used the brute-force method of sending one of their old/useless ones crashing into another. What will happen when a Troopser's new weapons system of the future fails mid-battle because a missile has targeted and destroyed the satellite? Back to basics!

On a less technical front, there are few armies facing off against one another across a front. It's denigrated to guerrilla warfare and small terror cells sprinkled across the cities.

20 posted on 12/09/2010 7:32:23 AM PST by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: ClearCase_guy

¨All´s fair in love and war.¨


21 posted on 12/09/2010 8:08:02 AM PST by onedoug
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To: Lakeshark

“The latest Overblown Theory by American Thinker’s number one Overblown Theorist, J.R. Dunn, takes the form of a huge article that covers the gamut from Julian Assange to Lord Byron, from the Stuxnet computer worm which sabotaged Iran’s nuclear program to Dunn’s urging that “we must revive the idea of the heroic.” What it all means I don’t rightly know (which doesn’t mean that there is not an overall coherence in the article which I am not yet seeing—if a reader figures it out, let me know). Dunn’s one point that I do get, coming at the end of the piece, is that Assange represents the final decadence and petering out of the Romantic Rebel, clearing the way to a Victorian-type restoration of bourgeois Christian society. A restoration to be led, no doubt, by Sarah Palin. “

LA


22 posted on 12/09/2010 8:47:04 AM PST by ventanax5
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To: Lakeshark

Very good read. Thanks for posting this Lakeshark.

(Merry Christmas)


23 posted on 12/09/2010 7:20:08 PM PST by prairiebreeze (Proudly celebrating CHRISTMAS!)
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To: Lakeshark
Yes, there has been ancillary damage to the United States. But the catastrophic damage is limited to the Democratic brand -- the ultimate proof, written in letters a mile high, that if Luxembourg were to attack the U.S. with a Democrat in office, we'd all be subjects of the Grand Duke two weeks later, without, furthermore, anybody being able to figure out how it happened.

For this point of view, it's clear that Julian has been calling in artillery rounds on his own position.

LOL!

24 posted on 12/09/2010 11:15:13 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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