Attacks on the Internet may or not produce blood and gore, but cyber-war is a real threat to the economy and national security. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, we talk about how it works, who should take charge of cyber-defense and how civil liberties can be protected. Also, a local member of Congress reportedly will be named to Barack Obama's cabinet, and his choice of a conservative pastor for his inauguration has outraged gay rights groups.
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Credit-card theft, bank fraud and electronic spying are cheaper and easier because of the Internet. There's evidence that China and Russia have hacked into defense contractors and even the Pentagon. Barack Obama is being urged to create a Center for Cyber Security Operations to be overseen by a special White House advisor.
James Lewis, Center for Strategic and International Studies (@james_a_lewis)
John Arquilla, Professor of Defense Analysis, Naval Postgraduate School
Sami Saydjari, CEO, Cyber Defense Agency
Jim Dempsey, Center for Democracy and Technology
Hilda Solis is a Democrat who represents eastern Los Angeles County and East LA. The daughter of Mexican and Nicaraguan immigrants, she's the only member of Congress of Central American descent. Tomorrow, Barack Obama is expected to nominate her to be Secretary of Labor. Jaime Regalado is Executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute at Cal State University Los Angeles.
Orange County's conservative Megachurch pastor Rick Warren interviewed John McCain and Barack Obama back-to-back after each won his respective presidential nomination. Now, Obama has chosen Warren for the invocation at his inauguration, even though the two disagree on many issues, including gay rights and Proposition 8 on last month's California ballot. The choice of Warren for the inaugural invocation has provoked an outcry. Geoff Kors is Executive Director of Equality California.
Geoff Kors, Executive Director, Equality California