Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping meeting in Rancho Mirage, California, on June 7, 2013
Photo: AFP (Jewel Samad)

(Laughing) Just when I was telling one of my friends not too many late nights ago about how President Obama is meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping so that the People’s Republic will chill on the alleged cyber attacks against the United States, and I was then wondering why it seems the United States always complains about being hacked but never seems to be excused of doing any hacking – save for that iran situation –, this Guardian (UK) article not only blows up America’s cyber tricks, but the article also says America has  an e-hitlist!

Read this:

The 18-page Presidential Policy Directive 20, issued in October last year but never published, states that what it calls Offensive Cyber Effects Operations (OCEO) “can offer unique and unconventional capabilities to advance US national objectives around the world with little or no warning to the adversary or target and with potential effects ranging from subtle to severely damaging”.

It says the government will “identify potential targets of national importance where OCEO can offer a favorable balance of effectiveness and risk as compared with other instruments of national power”.

For the record, I highly encourage the US to become cyber-slick. For that matter, I don’t see a rational reason why any national government would choose not to be on point about cyber warfare. But I also don’t see any rational reason why the US would expect to be on the prowl for cyber targets and not expect  the same kinds of attacks against it

Makes you wonder what Obama and Jinping could possibly discuss without appearing two-faced…

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