Famous words of President Obama at the 2012 election debate with Mitt Romney.
This distinctive US system of imperial information gathering (and the surveillance and war-making practices that go with it) traces its origins to some brilliant American innovations in the management of textual, statistical and visual data. Their sum was nothing less than a new information infrastructure with an unprecedented capacity for mass surveillance…..
the Pentagon discovered the power of biometric identification and electronic surveillance to pacify the country’s sprawling cities. It then built a biometric database with more than a million Iraqi fingerprints and iris scans that US patrols on the streets of Baghdad could access instantaneously by satellite link to a computer centre in West Virginia…..
Under Presidents Bush and Obama, defensive digital surveillance has grown into an offensive “cyberwarfare” capacity, which has already been deployed against Iran in history’s first significant cyberwar. In 2009, the Pentagon formed US Cyber Command (CYBERCOM), with headquarters at Ft Meade, Maryland, and a cyberwarfare centre at Lackland Air Base in Texas, staffed by 7,000 Air Force employees.
Two years later, it declared cyberspace an “operational domain” like air, land or sea, and began putting its energy into developing a cadre of cyber-warriors capable of launching offensive operations, such as a variety of attacks on the computerised centrifuges in Iran’s nuclear facilities and Middle Eastern banks handling Iranian money.
the full Al Jazeera article. Be better informed on this subject, written by Alfred W McCoy, titled “Space warfare and the future of US global power”
By 2020, the Pentagon hopes to “patrol the entire globe ceaselessly”, relentlessly via a “triple canopy space shield”. [jump to link here]
Photo credit to Al Jazeera
- Beyond Bayonets and Battleships: Space Warfare And The Future Of U.S. Global Power (alhittin.com)
- New Weapons Systems Could Give Pentagon Unprecedented Power Over the Planet … or Lead to Future Military Disaster (alternet.org)
- Alfred W. McCoy: Beyond Bayonets and Battleships (guernicamag.com)
- Super Weapons and Global Domination (lewrockwell.com)