Cyberwarfare and the Rules of Engagement
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Cyberwarfare and the Rules of Engagement

The Pentagon is reportedly ready to tell other countries that cyberwarfare could lead to a military reaction. What is cyberwarfare? Is the US already engaged? Will new rules of engagement be needed in cyberspace? Also, Also, President Obama touts the auto bailout, but labor numbers are a cause for concern. On Reporter's Notebook, the federal grand-jury indictment of Democratic politician John Edwards.

Banner image: The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center facility in Arlington, Virginia is designed to help protect the technical infrastructure of the United States. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

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Obama Touts Auto Bailout, but Labor Numbers Are a Concern ()

The Labor Department said today that unemployment rose a tenth of a point last month from 9- to 9.1 percent.  Some 232,000 new jobs had been predicted, but only 54,000 materialized. Meanwhile, President Obama went to a Chrysler plant in Toledo, Ohio today to remind voters the automobile bailout saved 1.5 million jobs. Binyamin Appelbaum is a domestic correspondent for the New York Times.

 

 

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Should There Be Rules of Combat for Cyber Warfare? ()

The Pentagon is about to make public its conclusion that computer sabotage from another country can be an act of war, possibly justifying a military response. One official told the Wall Street Journal, "If you shut down our power grid, maybe we will put a missile down one of your smokestacks." But how could the US be sure where the attack came from, how much damage it really did or what level of military response would be "equivalent?" Is the US rattling sabers in cyberspace? Does peace in the virtual world require diplomacy, rather than threats of retaliation?

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John Edwards Indicted over Campaign Funds ()

John Edwards is the North Carolina lawyer and former US Senator who became the Democratic nominee for Vice President in 2004. In 2008, he ran for President on his own. Today, after years of investigation and extensive negotiations over a possible plea bargain, he was indicted by a federal grand jury in his home state for using unreported financial contributions to help his campaign. The government says almost a million dollars went to keep secret Edwards' extramarital affair with a campaign worker he impregnated. Legal experts predict an ugly trial. Rick Hasen is Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine.

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