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US MILITARY HAS NEW RULES ON CYBER WARFARE

October 23, 2012 By Joseph P. Farrell

As you know, one of the sites on the internet that I like to frequent is phys.org, for the wealth of new technologies and concepts it covers. But this one caught my eye for wholly different reasons:

US military prepares new rules for cyber war: Panetta

This article comes in the wake of mysterious algorithmic trading on Wall Street, and growing signs of escalated foreign cyber-economic warfare, possibly of Russian and Chinese origin. Consider this statement:

"Panetta warned of a 'significant escalation of the cyber threat," with foreign actors targeting "critical infrastructure networks,' including systems that operate chemical, electricity and water plants, as well as transport."
Translation: we're already in a covert cyber warfare with various nations, and under assault. Or consider this:
'"For these kinds of scenarios, the department has developed the capability to conduct effective operations to counter threats to our national interests.' Although he avoided the word 'offensive' to describe operations or capabilities, Panetta's speech clearly implied that the military would be empowered to take the initiative in the cyber realm."
Translation: hidden authorization has already been obtained to go on the cyber-offensive against potential threats, and the USA has already done so.
"Panetta warned of a 'significant escalation of the cyber threat,' with foreign actors targeting "critical infrastructure networks," including systems that operate chemical, electricity and water plants, as well as transport.  He laid out dire scenarios in which hostile states or groups could seize control of vital networks. The result could be 'cyber-Pearl Harbor': an attack that would cause physical destruction and loss of life, paralyze and shock the nation, and create a profound new sense of vulnerability," he said. "An aggressor nation or extremist group could gain control of critical switches and derail passenger trains, or trains loaded with lethal chemicals. 'They could contaminate the water supply in major cities, or shut down the power grid across large parts of the country,' he said.
Of course, the cyber capabilities being referred to here also lie within the potential capabilities of the United States as well, thus making it possible for cyber false flag events to be staged and "countered" as well. The upshot of all of this? Covert wars became even more covert, at a time then cynicism and mistrust of governments the world over are at an all time high.
But Panetta's words also carry another disturbing implication when he speaks of "a cyber-Pearl Harbor," a dim reference, perhaps, not just to the military disaster of 1941, but to the Project for a New American Century's (PNAC) reference to that disaster in its plans to project American power into the Middle East and central Asia. The PNAC noted that what would be needed to galvanize the American population into action in the Middle East and Asia would be a "new Pearl Harbor," which came, of course, on 9/11. By evoking such words with such a now-muddied and murky history of covert ops, and then listing a series of woes - derailed trains, contaminated water supplies - Mr. Panetta may indeed be drawing back the curtain just a bit to let us know what the vile and wretched people who comprise the Western elites have in store for everyone...
...just a thought...
See you on the flip side.