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Re: [casi] cyber war

I find this piece of news very interesting and I
wonder if anyone has thought of doing similar sort of
thing ourselves e.g. writing to the forum frequented
by the US army/navy/airforce or just anybody in the
States /Britain telling them the hazards that will
follow a war on Iraq?  Of course it has to be done
very skilfully in order not to be classified as spam.
Sorry guys, but I always feel that there is not much
use posting on this list - because the fact that I am
on this list means that I have a certain level of
knowledge of the situation and I don't need much
convincing in order to appreciate the effect of the

I also wonder if anyone know of any joint effort
between different religions to condemn the proposed
war (I just heard that the Pope is against it).  I am
not religious myself but I imagine they have quite an
impact on public opinion (all the more so if it is
joined in by different religious leaders).  Is anyone
taking any initiatives to facilitate this?  Is anyone
interested in discussing these things further?

Message: 8
Date: Sun, 12 Jan 2003 01:01:50 EST
Subject: [casi] cyber war

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WASHINGTON/BAGHDAD (Jan. 11) - Details of a U.S.-
Iraqi skirmish in
cyberspace, in which Baghdad blocked U.S. e-mails
aimed at key figures,
emerged on Saturday after Washington ordered more
troops to the Gulf for a
possible war.

U.S. defense officials said the military had begun an
e-mail campaign urging
military and civilian leaders in Iraq to turn against
President Saddam
Hussein and reveal the location of any chemical,
biological or nuclear

News of the cyber-campaign, part of a psychological
war mounted by elite U.S.
Special Operations, came as U.N. weapons inspectors
flew by helicopter to
scour more sites in Iraq in search of weapons of mass

The inspectors have urged the United States to provide
more specific
intelligence to help pinpoint any banned Iraqi weapons
before they give a
January 27 report on two months of searches.

Officials have said President Bush has yet to decide
on any invasion of Iraq
over the alleged banned weapons, but Defense Secretary
Donald Rumsfeld
ordered nearly 35,000 more troops on Friday to the
Gulf as part of a build-up
aiming to more than double the 60,000 U.S. troops now
in the region.

In the campaign on the Internet, the e-mails in Arabic
urge Iraqis not to
follow orders to use chemical, biological or nuclear
weapons, to identify
where they are located by signals or render the
weapons ineffective.

The state-controlled e-mail service is available only
to a small number of
Iraqis, mainly government officials, senior public
servants, academics and
scientists. Iraqis began to receive the e-mails last
week, visitors there

Iraqi authorities have blocked the e-mail service
access in an apparent
attempt to stop the messages from spreading inside the
country, visitors said.


Iraq denies it has any banned weapons programs.
Washington says it does and
that if Iraq continues to deceive, it would be in
''material breach'' of U.N.
Security Council resolutions and that could mean war.

Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog,
and his colleague Hans
Blix, chief of the U.N. Monitoring, Verification and
Inspection Commission
(UNMOVIC), told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday
there were no ''smoking
guns'' to prove Iraq had banned weapons.

Top officials in Europe have spoken out against a rush
to war on the basis of
inconclusive weapons inspections.

''Without proof, it would be very difficult to start a
war,'' European Union
foreign policy coordinator Javier Solana said.

The U.N. arms inspectors flew by helicopter to an oil
facility west of
Baghdad on Saturday, the second aerial inspection
since they resumed work in
Iraq on November 27.

They also searched seven other sites, their visits
including a trip to a
university in the town of Tikrit, birthplace of Saddam
and 125 miles north of

On the diplomatic front, Turkish Prime Minister
Abdullah Gul arrived in Saudi
Arabia on Saturday for talks on the Iraq crisis.
Before heading for Riyadh,
Gul told reporters in Ankara:

''We are a country in the region and one of the
countries that will suffer
the most (in case of a war),'' he said. ''It's to our
interest if the crisis
ends up without a war. To be able to achieve this,
every country in the
region has a responsibility, but the greatest
responsibility belongs to

Saudi Arabia and Turkey have publicly opposed a war
against Iraq and both
have so far declined to grant Washington permission to
use bases on their
territory for military strikes.

In Algeria, Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tareq Aziz
held talks with President
Abdelaziz Bouteflika as part of a drive to drum up
Arab support for Baghdad.


U.S. ground forces ordered to deploy so far are
substantially short of the
more than 250,000 sent to the region for the 1991 Gulf
War but the current
shift could grow more rapidly in January and February.

Britain is also mobilizing its forces alongside the
Americans despite grave
doubts within Prime Minister Tony Blair's Labour

The flagship of Britain's navy, the aircraft carrier
Ark Royal, set sail on
Saturday at the head of the largest UK amphibious task
force deployed since
the 1982 Falklands War.

The 16-ship flotilla is officially sailing for
long-planned naval exercises
in the Far East, but British officials say they have
upgraded the force in
case it is needed in Iraq.

In Vienna, OPEC producers prepared for emergency talks
on Sunday that will
decide how far to open the oil taps to prevent a price
shock as war looms in

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