Amendment to NDAA Would Give Military ‘Clandestine Operation’ Authority in Cyberspace
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
As if the NDAA wasn’t bad enough — essentially turning the whole planet, including America into one giant battlefield — Congress is set to introduce an amendment that would grant even more power to the military for offensive operations in cyberspace.
As Mike Masnick highlights in his article for TechDirt, the applicable section currently gives authority to the president, whereas the amendment would give the entire Department of Defense the same authority.
The prospect of clandestine military actions online against whichever targets any one of the military agencies deems appropriate will officially complete the goal of full spectrum dominance.
The current text of the NDAA reads as follows:
SEC. 954. MILITARY ACTIVITIES IN CYBERSPACE.
Congress affirms that the Department of Defense has the capability, and upon direction by the President may conduct offensive operations in cyberspace to defend our Nation, Allies and interests, subject to—
(1) the policy principles and legal regimes that the Department follows for kinetic capabilities, including the law of armed conflict; and
(2) the War Powers Resolution (50 U.S.C. 1541 et seq.).