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Saturday, January 28, 2006

Web wars

The US Pentagon has released a plan called the Information Operations Roadmap, which outlines the Pentagon's plan to develop war capabilities against the internet. This would include snooping, hacking, destruction of websites, running it's own propaganda blogs and collecting information on other bloggers and commentors.

US forces should be able to "disrupt or destroy the full spectrum of globally emerging communications systems, sensors, and weapons systems dependent on the electromagnetic spectrum".

Consider that for a moment.

The US military seeks the capability to knock out every telephone, every networked computer, every radar system on the planet.

Are these plans the pipe dreams of self-aggrandising bureaucrats? Or are they real?

The fact that the "Information Operations Roadmap" is approved by the Secretary of Defense suggests that these plans are taken very seriously indeed in the Pentagon.

Here is the story, from BBC Worldwide News. There is also a link to the .pdf version of the released document, but it is heavily redacted - perhaps as much as 20%. So even released, the real meat of it is just covered by big black blobs. But if you want to know what's up, read up.


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