Clarke Warns of Cyber Attack

By Freddie Pierce
Richard Clarke, the former counter-terrorism adviser to Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, has made a staggering new claim this week that the...

Richard Clarke, the former counter-terrorism adviser to Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, has made a staggering new claim this week that the United States is currently under a cyber attack from China.  What’s worse, he suggests, is that our current administration is aware of it and can do very little to stop it.

 Allegations from Mr. Clarke wouldn’t be so troublesome if he hadn’t spent most of 2001 warning the Bush administration about the possibility of an impending al-Qaida attack right before the cataclysmic 9-11 tragedy.  He became well-known for his rather acrimonious denunciation of the Bush administration’s attitude toward counter-terrorism pre and post 9-11.

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In Clarke’s recently published book “Cyberwar: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It, he turns his attention to another potential security catastrophe: computer-based terrorism attacks.

In an interview with Fresh Air host Terry Gross, Clarke states that "A cyber attack could disable trains all over the country.  It could blow up pipelines. It could cause blackouts and damage electrical power grids so that the blackouts would go on for a long time. It could wipe out and confuse financial records, so that we would not know who owned what, and the financial system would be badly damaged. It could do things like disrupt traffic in urban areas by knocking out control computers. It could, in nefarious ways, do things like wipe out medical records."

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