America Has A Right To Fight CyberWar In The Shadows
The people have a right to know what their government is doing, certainly when it involves deaths and possible abuses of a physical or civil libertarian nature. But there are some things we don’t need to know.
At any given movement, the world’s governments are all spying on each other, keeping an eye on enemies and allies alike in order to stay on top in one way or another. It’s why we have the CIA, the British have MI-6, the French the DGSE, Russia has the SVR, and so on. These are not nice things, but they must be done for nations to maintain and acquire power.
While a case could be made for The Guardian’s previous disclosures of NSA’s dragnet and the surveillance of Internet usage (before you even start, here is my position on that), the release of classified cyber-strategy documentation is just releasing sensitive material for the hell of it.
No abuses are detailed, and the release just damages cyberwarfare efforts for the benefit of the ego of the paper and its libertarian writer.
American cybersecurity has been compromised, and either doors have been opened to our adversaries or we will now need to spend tax dollars in order to undo the damage.
For what purpose? This is activity that rightfully stays in the shadows, much like spy work does. They’re looking at us, we’re looking at them and we’re all trying to stop the other guy from seeing what we have. There’s no need to help, and it could be dangerous to do so.
I don’t understand the idea that America has no right to engage in cyberwarfare, when our allies and adversaries all have been doing so for years now. There is an odd strain of thought out there that due to our superpower status, America shouldn’t be able to wage even this sort of combat. As if everyone else can be armed, but we shouldn’t be.
Whoever leaked this information has done harm to our security, and possibly worse. It isn’t uncovering potential abuse like the previous leaks did, just creating a security compromise and generating pageviews for a newspaper.