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Headlining in The New York Times today is the revelation that Russian submarines and spy ships are freaking out our defense officials by nosing about the underseas cables that carry the entire information age:
Russian submarines and spy ships are aggressively operating near the vital undersea cables that carry almost all global Internet communications, raising concerns among some American military and intelligence officials that the Russians might be planning to attack those lines in times of tension or conflict. …
[Commanders and intelligence officials] report that from the North Sea to Northeast Asia and even in waters closer to American shores, they are monitoring significantly increased Russian activity along the known routes of the cables, which carry the lifeblood of global electronic communications and commerce.
This may surprise you, coming from a hawk like me, but I’m all for attacking them. In fact, I’ve long been thinking we should just bomb those cables ourselves. Put the genie back in the bottle. The whole business with global electronic communications has completely gotten out of hand. Bad ideas are spreading faster than good ones. Let ISIS figure out how to spread its own damn propaganda. I’m happy to go back to reading books and never looking at the Internet again.
Bomb the undersea cables, Ivan. With my blessing.
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