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US and cyberwar

Date: August 21, 2007
By: Jim Melnick

Recent Al Qaeda recruitment videos and foiled terrorist plots in the United Kingdom remind us that the effectiveness of terrorism is an issue of winning the hearts and minds of those with the proper skills to do serious harm. It would logically follow that it is reckless to allow terrorists to combine the critical elements of ideology, skills, and the technical means of destruction.

Yet, there is a less discussed conflict -- a "cyberwar" -- where these dangerous elements are coming together. Regardless of one's position on the war in Iraq or the definition of the "global war on terrorism," the threat is real.
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