Originally published: June 2, 2012
Last updated: June 2, 2012 - 3:07pm
The Constitution gives Congress the sole power to declare war — but it's silent on cyberwar.
That's causing consternation on Capitol Hill in the wake of a New York Times story detailing how President Barack Obama joined forces with Israel to launch secret cyberattacks on Iran's nuclear program. For some lawmakers, it's further evidence that the White House has taken too much war-making power from Congress. The revelation about the so-called Olympics Game operation renews questions about the scope of congressional oversight when it comes to clandestine attacks launched in cyberspace — as well as the authority of the executive branch to secretly unleash weapons in the digital versus physical world.
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