Congress Gives NSA-Controlled US Cyber Command More Resources

from the keep-feeding-the-beast dept

Even as there are growing concerns about the NSA, the White House has made it clear that it will not separate the NSA from the US Cyber Command, which is the military's unit that conducts offensive attacks on foreign computing systems. The NSA likes to pretend they're two separate organizations, when they're really one and the same. They're housed in the same place and run by the same guy. And, apparently that's not about to change.

However, Congress has just agreed to funnel a lot more resources to the US Cyber Command, giving Keith Alexander and his soon-to-be-announced successor that much more power to attack computer systems and networks around the globe.
As part of the defense policy bill that just passed Congress, the Pentagon’s many cybersecurity initiatives together secured billions of dollars in funding as well as new resources to help train Cyber Command’s programmers and prepare them to operate on the emerging digital battlefield.
Of course, as the report by Tony Romm notes, this is all being done despite no "rules of engagement" for the US Cyber Command. You would think that before handing over billions, Congress would like to know what the group -- again, controlled by the NSA -- can and cannot do with that money.

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    Anonymous Coward, 24 Dec 2013 @ 6:40am

    IIRC, the US considers a cyber attack to be an act of war - or maybe this stance has changed since it was publicly declared a few years ago.

    http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304563104576355623135782718

    What seems like a long time ago, Congress had to declare war prior to actually engaging in warfare. I'm still confused as to why congress has abdicated a big portion of their responsibilities in government. People who are incapable of doing their job are usually let go, that's just the way it is - unless you are a member of the elite ruling class.

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