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Lawmakers push for tougher U.S. stance in cyberspace

Lawmakers push for tougher U.S. stance in cyberspace

As Sen. Angus King pressed national security officials to open up about their ability to wage war over the Internet, he turned not to some think tank white paper to make his point, but a five-decade-old film about the dangers of nuclear brinkmanship.

"'Dr. Strangelove' taught us that if you have a doomsday machine and no one knows about, it's useless," the Maine independent said last week during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

In Stanley Kubrick's 1964 satire, the Soviet Union has a weapon that will destroy the world in case of a U.S. nuclear strike. The deterrent should make war pointless — but Soviet leaders have not yet told the United...

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