[IWAR] FWD: Senate talks martial law and Y2K; Indian nuke-hackers

From: Mark Hedges (hedgesat_private)
Date: Thu Jun 04 1998 - 14:43:47 PDT

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    >Date: Thu, 4 Jun 1998 14:21:28 -0700 (PDT)
    >From: Declan McCullagh <declanat_private>
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    >Subject: FC: Senate talks martial law and Y2K; Indian nuke-hackers
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    >time.com / The Netly News / Afternoon Line
    >June 4, 1998
    >The Martial Plan
    >   Think the Year 2000 problem means mere elevator snafus? Try dealing
    >   with a platoon of Marines who show up in your front yard to confiscate
    >   your hoarded lentils. Sen. Robert Bennett (R-Utah) asked the deputy
    >   secretary of defense at a hearing this morning what plans the Pentagon
    >   has "in the event of a Y2K-induced breakdown of community services
    >   that might call for martial law." John Hamre replied carefully, but
    >   none too reassuringly, "We've got fundamental issues to deal with that
    >   go beyond just the Year 2000 contingency planning. And I think you're
    >   right to bring that up." Another distressing point that came up at the
    >   Senate Armed Services committee hearing was the fact that the military
    >   directs one quarter of U.S. air traffic. "You may be flying across the
    >   country and an air traffic controller may be a military guy in certain
    >   areas as opposed to it being an FAA person," Hamre said. Although the
    >   FAA's head Y2K guru assured us this afternoon that the agency will
    >   have its Y2K fixes complete by October 1998, the military appears to
    >   be in much worse shape. And other countries? "We can be sure that
    >   there will be social unrest in many parts of the world as a result of
    >   Y2K," Bennett said. For the record, though, Bennett did say, "I am not
    >   one of those who says that Y2K will automatically produce martial
    >   law," and blamed "alarmists, extremists out there on the Internet" for
    >   unnecessary scaremongering. --By Declan McCullagh/Washington
    >   As if the accelerating arms race on the subcontinent weren't
    >   disturbing enough, a group of hackers broke into the local area
    >   network of India's Bhadha Atomic Research Center (BARC) and copied
    >   five megabytes' worth of data, including e-mail between scientists and
    >   files from India's nuclear research program.
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