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Intelligence Chairman: U.S. Fighting Cyber War ‘Every Day’

"Most Americans don’t know it. They go about their lives happily."

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Nicholas Ballasy

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July 29, 2013 - 12:01 am
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Michigan Republican Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said “most Americans” do not realize that the United States is currently in the middle of a “cyber war.”

Rogers also said “talks” with China about their “intellectual property” theft are not working and further action must be taken.

“We are in a cyber war today. Most Americans don’t know it. They go about their lives happily and that’s a good thing other than the fact that we are in a cyber war today,” he said at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

“We’re in that fight right now, every day, and we haven’t protected ourselves.”

Rogers recommends that the U.S. government not engage China on any issues until they get answers on their government’s “cyber espionage” efforts.

“Let’s start going after the individuals. Let’s make this really uncomfortable for the individuals who are sitting at those machines stealing intellectual property. We’re going to make sure that they can’t get visas to the United States,” Rogers said.

He stressed that the U.S. does not steal intellectual property from other nations.

The House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific held a hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday on “The Cyber Security Battleground” in Asia.

“Theft of intellectual property not only takes away American jobs and hurts innovation and competitiveness, but it costs U.S. businesses anywhere between $200 billion and $400 billion a year,” said Ohio Republican Rep. Steven Chabot, the chairman of the subcommittee.

James Lewis, director of the Technology and Public Policy Program 
at the Center for Strategic International Studies, touched upon the challenges facing America in reaching a cybersecurity agreement with China.

“China is too important as a market, and the U.S. is too important as a guarantor of regional stability. Asian nations would prefer not to have to choose between the two. Political issues will complicate efforts to reach agreement on cybersecurity,” Lewis said in his testimony.

“Many Asian nations want to regulate content, citing pornography and online gambling as examples of Web services that they would like to block. It is also too early to measure the effect of the Snowden revelations on U.S. efforts to build international agreement on cybersecurity.”

He added that “a sustained engagement” with China and “cooperative arrangements with other Asian nations” are required to prevent Asia from becoming “a cybersecurity battleground.”

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The big problem with China's intellectual property theft isn't just that the Chicoms steal the intellectual property of others to save money that would have to go to R&D, they steal the R&D of others because they can't innovate new technology or new inventions or products. If they could innovate their economy would be self-sustaining--their national goal--and larger. China can't stop the theft; it can't afford to. Reaching an agreement with the Chicoms on IPT is about as likely as achieving a lasting peace in the Middle-East.
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The USA started the Cyber war in the early 80's with its Promis software. it is known as the INSLAW AFFAIR.

This has been going on for decades, the origin was the US Government spying on its Canadian, German, French, Israeli and other allies. You can read about this online, and the damage it caused to our allies and ourselves.
When i see the feigned shock by US government at computer theft, cyber-war, and the rest, it is laughable. It is the USA that commits the greatest acts of corporate and government to government global espionage, period.

There is a well written open letter by Mr. Snowden that appeared over the weekend. Each elected official should be forced to read and write an essay summary either rebutting or agreeing.
Its time to decide what form of Government we wish to live under ; vote out pretenders and support the defenders of the Constitution of these United States.
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The big problem with China's intellectual property theft isn't just that the Chicoms steal the intellectual property of others to save money that would have to go to R&D, they steal the R&D of others because they can't innovate new technology or new inventions or products. If they could innovate their economy would be self-sustaining--their national goal--and larger. China can't stop the theft; it can't afford to. Reaching an agreement with the Chicoms on IPT is about as likely as achieving a lasting peace in the Middle-East.
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The N-Stasi-A is committing massive "cyber war" against America and it's people.
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Good grief, what an idiotic statement.

Are you drunk?
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This is a real hoot, being that China already OWNS America, and the well meaning rep knows it too. And while it is also the case that cyber warfare is the new battleground, and it surely must be addressed on a stepped up platform, the U.S. has lost to China - literally. And if someone is to be blamed for placing the final nail in the U.S. economic coffin, well, look no further than Obama Inc - http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/06/29/the-sell-off-of-america-to-china-completed-accelerated-under-the-purposeful-misreign-of-the-radical-in-chief-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

Some of us are not clueless...

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
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They really don't, you know. We've monitized our own debt (making our money almost completely worthless) and China stopped buying our debt almost a decade ago.

We are in a symbiotic relationship with them now. They make stuff and need to sell it - and we need stuff cheap. Ergo, they make it and we buy it.
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