Cyber Command may soon watch over us.
Date: Saturday, November 18 2006
The US appears to be planning to intensify its worldwide surveillance of communications, including the Internet, as part of the War on Terror.
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Cyber Command may soon watch over us
By Peter Coates
Posted Friday, 10 November 2006
The US appears to be planning to intensify its worldwide surveillance of communications, including the Internet, as part of the War on Terror. This is to be partially achieved through an organisation to be called, at this stage, “Cyber Command”.
A US Air Force (USAF) article, on October 5, 2006, has provided some graphic details of the thinking behind Cyber Command.
[US] Air Force leaders are gathering in early November to discuss plans for creation of a new command, one chartered with flying and fighting in cyber space. Cyberspace became an official Air Force domain, like air and space, on Dec. 7, 2005, when Secretary of the Air Force Michael W. Wynne and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. T. Michael Moseley introduced a new mission statement.
The new mission is to “deliver sovereign options for the defence of the United States of America and its global interests - to fly and fight in air, space and cyberspace”.
It’s not surprising that the USAF is concerned with aircraft, satellites and missiles (of Strategic Air Command) because they fly.
But what stretches credulity is that the USAF, through Cyber Command, may be getting into the civilian communications area. The logic for this USAF expansion, judging by the USAF article, is that electrons, essential to all communications, also fly (or at least move in three dimensions).
The cyber domain includes all the places an electron travels including landline, Internet and wireless communications. This means that Australia’s phone network including Internet sites will potentially be a monitoring area involving Cyber Command.
Dr Lani Kass, Director of the US Air Force Cyberspace Task Force and formerly a major in the Israeli Defence Force, describes the Cyber Command concept this way:
[Proofreader's note: this article was edited for spelling and typos on November 20, 2006]