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Fmr. CIA official: Cyber war ‘more sinister than nuclear age’

February 19th, 2013
05:31 PM ET
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U.S. cyber battle with China

CNN's Christiane Amanpou speaks with reporter David Sanger about his report on the Chinese army hacking the U.S.

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Former CIA official on cyber attack

CNN's Christiane Amanpour looks what the U.S. can do about cyber attacks with expert former CIA official Chad Sweet.

By Mick Krever, CNN

The U.S. believes that cyber warfare could begin to threaten the underpinnings of its relationship with China, New York Times journalist David Sanger told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday.

Sanger and two colleagues reported in the New York Times on Tuesday that a secretive unit of the People’s Liberation Army, the Chinese military, is responsible for most of the many Chinese cyber attacks on U.S. corporations and infrastructure.

“This is, diplomatically, I think one of the most complicated problems out there,” Sanger said. “The fact that your adversary would know that you could get into their systems and turn them on or off at any time – whether it was cell phones or air traffic control or whatever – might well affect your future behavior. So it doesn’t mean that they’re going to do it, or there’s out-and-out war, but it does mean that they have a capability to do this by remote control.”  FULL POST


Filed under:  Cyber Crime • Latest Episode

Home videos turn into Oscar-nominated documentary

February 19th, 2013
12:53 PM ET

By Meredith Milstein & Samuel Burke, CNN

When a Palestinian farmer named Emad Burnat bought a home video camera to record the birth of his youngest son, he didn't realize he would end up capturing the birth of a movement.

Burnat became the unofficial cameraman for his village of Bil'in in the occupied West Bank, and documented five years of local resistance against the encroaching Israeli settlements and the separation wall snaking through his and his neighbors' lands.

The home movies have now been transformed into the Oscar-nominated documentary, "5 Broken Cameras."  FULL POST


Filed under:  Israel • Palestinian territories

How to prosecute a president

February 19th, 2013
10:21 AM ET

By Christiane Amanpour, CNN & ABC 

For the past 20 years, the world has been steadily working towards holding even the very highest officials accountable.

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia was established in 1993. It was the first war crimes tribunal since the Nuremberg trials, which prosecuted Nazi leaders for genocide after World War II.

At the turn of this millennium, for the first time ever, a sitting head of state was indicted, imprisoned and tried: Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic, though he died before the trial ended. But generals and foot soldiers have been convicted. And in a landmark case, rape as a weapon of war has been determined to constitute a crime against humanity.

So from Liberia to Libya, the long arm of international justice has reached out to meet people's demands to hold their leaders and their warlord’s accountability for the most heinous of crimes. It is tough, slow going and sometimes critics even say that seeking justice can get in the way of sealing peace, but Judge Theodor Meron says that there is no alternative. He is the president of the International Criminal Tribunal and has spent decades laying down the law.

You can watch my interview with Meron in the video above.


Filed under:  Latest Episode • War Crimes