Skip to comments.Obama Order Sped Up Wave of Cyberattacks Against Iran
Posted on 06/01/2012 10:46:13 AM PDT by Fractal Trader
From his first months in office, President Obama secretly ordered increasingly sophisticated attacks on the computer systems that run Irans main nuclear enrichment facilities, significantly expanding Americas first sustained use of cyberweapons, according to participants in the program.
Mr. Obama decided to accelerate the attacks begun in the Bush administration and code-named Olympic Games even after an element of the program accidentally became public in the summer of 2010 because of a programming error that allowed it to escape Irans Natanz plant and sent it around the world on the Internet. Computer security experts who began studying the worm, which had been developed by the United States and Israel, gave it a name: Stuxnet.
At a tense meeting in the White House Situation Room within days of the worms escape, Mr. Obama, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and the director of the Central Intelligence Agency at the time, Leon E. Panetta, considered whether Americas most ambitious attempt to slow the progress of Irans nuclear efforts had been fatally compromised.
Should we shut this thing down? Mr. Obama asked, according to members of the presidents national security team who were in the room.
This account of the American and Israeli effort to undermine the Iranian nuclear program is based on interviews over the past 18 months with current and former American, European and Israeli officials involved in the program, as well as a range of outside experts. None would allow their names to be used because the effort remains highly classified, and parts of it continue to this day.
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” - - - expect him to continue to endanger national security by revealing progress in classified programs - - - “
It is time ti IMPEACH Obama. He is revealing top secret projects, a clear violation of his responsibilities as Democrats’ Commander in Chief.
When did it become OK for the US to attack another country without he bullshit war powers act authorization?
This has me beyond angry.
This clown is goingbtonhave us all sitting around a campfire with our thumbs up our butts.
People will die because of his incompetence.
Larry Klayman calls it treason:
“This leak is perhaps the worst in American history because it discloses, admittedly from anonymous sources inside the Obama administration, the specifics of our cyberwarfare against Irans nuclear facilities. By disclosing this classified information in excruciating detail, Obama and his traitorous comrades not only compromise our cyberwarfare capabilities, but also broadcast to Iran and the rest of the hostile world that the United States was the first use these weapons potentially triggering retaliation against American and Israeli interests. Israel is revealed to have participated in the claimed cyber-attacks, and indeed the Obama administration conveniently blames the Jewish state for having inadvertently released the cyber-virus Stuxnet into the public domain for other nations and terrorist groups to use against us constituting yet another sleazy attack by Obama on our only ally in the Middle East.”
This also appears to be an act of war. Administrations usually go to great lengths to conceal covert operations. Some remain classified after decades unless some American megalomaniac decides his political status is more vital than national security.
thats why him a GW get along so well, its just that W had more class and made you feel good about having a knife in your back
The ‘leak’ was intentional, to glorify Obama, no matter how much it cos our bational security. He is IRRESONSIBLE!
If they had used this capability strictly to collect intelligence information, and refrained from blabbing about it, who knows what they might ultimately have discovered (names, locations, program status). But since the man-child never had any intention of using overt force, it was more politically expedient to score a temporary “victory” with STUXNET, rather than collecting targeting data for later on.
Exactly. This story should have appeared in the New York Times in about 50 years from now, like the stories of Blechley Park and the German Enigma code did after World War II.
In World War II, there were actually attacks that could have been stopped and weren’t because the Allied Commanders thought it would be too obvious to the Germans that the Enigma Code had been broken. When adults were in charge, lives were sacrificed because they knew that more lives would be saved in the long run if the secret was kept. Today, the work of many dedicated computer scientists has been wasted, because the Obama administration thought this might give them a temporary bump in the polls.
The program was started by Bush and “fatally compromised” under Obama the Amateur.
FNC had a segment this morning about the Obama reelection team "leaking" security issues that should be kept secret for at least another 30 years or so just for the campaign.
I pray this backfires on them