Modal close

Dear Democracy Now! Visitor: You turn to Democracy Now! for independent, ad-free daily news covering the issues you care about the most. We can only produce our daily news hour with your support. Right now, every donation to Democracy Now! will be doubled by a generous supporter. This means if you give $8 today, Democracy Now! will get $16 to support our daily news hour. If you've been waiting to make your contribution to Democracy Now!, today is your day. It takes just a couple of minutes to make sure that Democracy Now! is there for you and everybody else.

Non-commercial news needs your support.

We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work. If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Please do your part today.


Obama Admin Enacts Right for Preemptive Cyber-Attacks

HeadlineFeb 04, 2013

The Obama administration has granted itself the right to launch a preemptive cybermilitary strike on foreign targets. The New York Times reports the cyber-attacks would be carried out should the White House deem it necessary to preempt an imminent and highly dangerous computer attack from abroad. The authorization was approved as part of a pending set of rules for U.S. cyberwarfare similar to those for drone strikes. It would fall under the operations of the Pentagon’s recently created Cyber Command. The Obama administration’s lone publicly known cyber-attack to date was “Olympic Games,” which sabotaged computer systems at Iran’s nuclear facilities and accidentally unleashed a global computer worm known as Stuxnet.

The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.
Make a donation
Up arrowTop