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[] schon wieder: "plant Kuba Cyberattacken gegen die USA"?,

Die können es einfach nicht lassen, diese Amerikaner. Die Geschichte ist
schon vor mehr als einem Jahr auf großes Kopschüttel in der Fachwelt
gestoßen. Jetzt wird sie wieder ausgegraben. Folgendes also nur für
Freunde der Diskursanalyse. ;-)


U.S. Reviewing Cuba, Cyberattacks

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bush administration has begun a review of Cuba
that will include an assessment of whether Cuba can disrupt U.S.
communications through the Internet, a senior official says.

That issue will be examined along with others to determine Cuba's
to damage U.S. interests, the official said.

The senior official, asking not to be identified, said Cuba's
involvement in
international terrorism also will be part of the review.

In addition, the administration is examining the possibility of seeking
indictment against President Fidel Castro in the 1996 shootdown by MiG
fighters of two Miami-based private planes near Cuban air space, the
official said.

Thus far, the centerpiece of President Bush's Cuba policy has been
of the U.S. embargo against Cuba. But the official's comments suggested
administration has a more proactive agenda in mind for countering

A year ago, Vice Adm. Thomas Wilson, director of the Defense
Agency, told a congressional hearing that that Cuba has the potential to
``information warfare or computer network attack'' to disrupt ``our
or flow of forces to the region.''

Wilson declined to discuss the matter further in open session, and the
administration has not commented publicly on the subject since then. The
senior official said Cuba's ability to engage in cyberattacks is part of
policy review. Castro has dismissed Wilson's comments as ``craziness.''

Richard Clarke, the White House technology adviser, said in testimony in
February before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee, that the United States
could respond militarily against a foreign government in the event of a

``We reserve the right to respond in any way appropriate: through covert
action, through military action, any one of the tools available to the
president,'' Clarke said.

He said Iran, Iraq, North Korea, China, Russia and other countries
have people trained in Internet warfare. He did not mention Cuba.

Cuba is on the State Department terrorist country list, a designation
on ties Cuba maintains with other countries on the list, including Iraq,
the haven Cuba provides for foreigners linked to alleged terrorist

As a result of the policy review, the Cuba section of the next State
Department terrorism report, due next month, may add to the rationale
keeping Cuba on the list.

Castro argues that Cuba has been the victim of a Miami-based terrorism
campaign that dates back 40 years and has claimed, he says, thousands of

As for the embargo, Bush has said he will oppose ``any effort to weaken
sanctions against the Cuban government until it respects Cubans' basic
rights and civil rights, frees political prisoners and holds free and
democratic elections.''

But there is strong sentiment in the Congress to lift restrictions on
by Americans to Cuba. The worst nightmare of pro-embargo stalwarts is
specter of Americans filling Cuba's tourist hotels and, in the process,
leaving behind hundreds of millions in dollars for Cuba's cash-starved

The senior official raised the possibility of a presidential veto if the
travel restrictions are eased. At present, travel is permitted by
journalists some other categories of Americans who have a professional
interest in Cuba. But tourism has been barred for years.

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