NATO Commissioned Report: Killing Hackers is OK
By Dennis Loo (3/22/13)
This is from an article posted today at GIZMODO.
NATO (basically the Western powers-that-be) commissioned a report from a bunch of legal experts at the ‘NATO Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence' to suggest some rules for cyber-warfare. Well, the report's in, and the suggestions are kinda surprising.
Basically, cyber attacks which cause "physical damage, injury or death" constitute a ‘use of force', and thus can be retaliated to with real physical weapons. Equally surprising is the classification of civilian hacktivists as legitimate targets during war.
These recommendations are not yet law, so calling attention to it far and wide at this point needs to happen. If NATO knows that people are outraged at this, then they might back down. This doesn’t guarantee, of course, that they won’t assassinate people who they regard as nuisances or worse: consider what Obama has been doing with his drones. But raising people’s awareness of these atrocious moves and mobilizing public opinion against the whole trajectory which this NATO commissioned report is a part of is critical. What is instituted into regulation and law de jure matters because if what they have down on paper is as outrageous as this, then there are no limits to what they will do and the ability of people to contest these actions in court and elsewhere are made that much more difficult.
As many people know, “use of force” has become the catch-all term for governments and other private security agencies to kill people that they believe are in any way challenging what they are doing or wish to do. This is the world that we live in now. This is the change that people like Obama have brought. Isn’t it time that people get real about what it is actually going to take to bring about real change?
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