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Dick Morris: Sony Attack Is Overt Display of War's New Form

By    |   Monday, 22 December 2014 01:40 PM

Contrary to what President Barack Obama has said, the recent cyberattack on Sony Pictures over the movie "The Interview" is an act of war, veteran analyst Dick Morris said Monday on Newsmax TV.

"It's a brand-new form of warfare that has been deployed against us now overtly for the first time," Morris told John Bachman on "America's Forum."

"The question is how we will respond to cyberattacks," he said.

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"If we treat it by not taking it seriously, we regard it as something for the private sector and not worthy of public involvement — [that] is a horrific policy," Morris said.

"The fact of the matter is that this is the new form of attack and it starts with hacking because of this film 'The Interview,' but it could lead to electromagnetic pulses throughout the U.S.," he said.

"Unless we make clear that an act of cyberwarfare is an act of warfare and we treat it as an act of warfare and we understand that it is terrorism ... [it] could cripple us economically, socially and ultimately politically," he added.

Obama at a press conference Friday condemned the decision by Sony Pictures to pull  "The Interview," which is a satirical film depicting the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, after being the victim of a cyberattack that the U.S. attributes to the authoritarian regime.

However, the president said in an interview Sunday that the cyberattack was not an act of war, and that the U.S. government is currently weighing whether it should put North Korea back on the list of countries that sponsor terrorism, after it was removed in October 2008.

Morris said that it's absurd to say, "'We're going to look around and see if they sponsored terrorism.' That's what the cyber thing is — it's terrorism!"

"When the president sends a signal that it's not that significant, which 'The Interview' does, it's a gross disservice to the country and a total misunderstanding of the nature of the threat that we face," he said.

"We have to understand that the consequence of our military being so powerful and so able to win wars is that all these rogue nations are looking for some alternative to warfare.

"They're looking for nuclear, they're looking for bio and, now, they're looking for cyber," he said.

"It may be that our constraints on nuclear and cyber and the threat of massive retaliation have driven them now toward the cyber approach, which is what you see North Korea doing now," he added.

According to Morris, "Obama is guilty of the same reaction as [former President] Bill Clinton was in 1993, when he didn't see the World Trade Center bombing was the precursor to the kind of thing that happened in 9/11."

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