It’s time for cyberwar

I’ve read through the National Security Strategy for 2006 released last Friday by the White House, and overall it’s a hardheaded and realistic approach to dealing with current and future enemies. However, I think they missed something: aggressively conducting cyber warfare against jihadi web sites and bulletin boards.
For years now it’s been common knowledge (even in the mainstream media) that the Islamists use web sites and online bulletin boards to coordinate their efforts and recruit new adherents to their cause. They also use encrypted e-mail to transmit commands, coordinate their finances and handle logistics. The jihadis expertly manipulate the media into broadcasting their calls to jihad, their videotaped bombings, and worst of all the beheading of hostages.
Encouraging words, but where’s the follow-up?
Continuing a theme he’s advanced since 2002, Defense Secretary Rumsfeld noted last month:

We are fighting a battle where the survival of our free way of life is at stake. And the center of gravity of that struggle is not just on the battlefield. It is a test of wills and it will be won or lost with our public and the publics of free nations across the globe. We will need to do all we can to attract supporters to our efforts, to correct the lies being told which so damage our country, and shatter the appeal of the enemy. [emphasis added]

My first reaction to the speech was, “Great! Let’s start taking down their websites and bulletin boards and e-mail servers.” Based on Secretary Rumsfeld’s comments, I figured that there’d be something along those lines in today’s new National Security Strategy … but I don’t see it in there.
4/4/2007 Update: Is the behemoth finally waking up? Maybe.

Blogathon for the troops

Ever wondered what 24 hours of non-stop blogging does to a person? On Saturday you’ll find out … and you’ll also have an opportunity to support some fine charities that look out for our troops. Here are the details:

Four Days Left Until the “Rear Echelon” Blogathon Outshines “Live 8”
Well, outshines Sir Bob Geldof’s little shindig in terms of helping the men and women who serve in our armed forces, anyway.
On Saturday, July 2nd, while David Gilmour and Roger Waters are choking back their bile, WordGirl and I will be venting our spleens for 24 glorious hours of bloggy goodness.
Why risk caffeine overdose and Karpal Tunnel Syndrome, you ask?
Why, to raise money for the Armed Forces Relief Trust, of course, a wonderful charity supporting the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, and Marines charities. I served nearly 10 years in the military, and let me tell you, I never darkened the door of a Lamborghini dealership on military pay. These folks are very poorly compensated for saving the world, and the charities under the AFRT umbrella do yeoman’s work in helping our troops and their families make ends meet, particularly in wartime.
Please join us this Saturday, 12 am to 12 am Sunday. It beats watching Paul McCartney crank out Dino Rock for effete Europeans, doesn’t it?

For every $25 you donate, one of the sleep-deprived bloggers will post on any topic you choose. Please drop in on Saturday and make a donation.