Tom Gjelten http://wrti.org en Cybersecurity Bill: Vital Need Or Just More Rules? http://wrti.org/post/cybersecurity-bill-vital-need-or-just-more-rules Consider what Hurricane Katrina did to New Orleans, and you get an idea of the consequences of a cyberattack on critical U.S. infrastructure: No electricity. No water. No transportation. Terrorists or enemy adversaries with computer skills could conceivably take down a power grid, a nuclear station, a water treatment center or a chemical manufacturing plant.<p>The prospect of such a paralyzing strike has convinced U.S. security officials and members of Congress that a new law may be needed to promote improved cyberdefenses at critical facilities around the country. Thu, 22 Mar 2012 08:40:00 +0000 Tom Gjelten 3505 at http://wrti.org Cybersecurity Bill: Vital Need Or Just More Rules? Sanctions' Squeeze On Iran Tightens http://wrti.org/post/sanctions-squeeze-iran-tightens Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>U.S. officials think that this may finally be the time that economic sanctions against Iran will start to have a major effect. The U.S. and its European allies have been hoping that tighter and tighter sanctions will push Iran to negotiate an agreement over the future of its nuclear program. Israel has said it can't wait forever before ordering a military strike, but U.S. officials believe that the sanctions can produce results. Here's NPR's Tom Gjelten.<p>TOM GJELTEN, BYLINE: Oil is Iran's lifeblood and each day less of it flows. Mon, 19 Mar 2012 08:00:00 +0000 Tom Gjelten 1591 at http://wrti.org How Far Apart On Iran Are GOP Candidates, Obama? http://wrti.org/post/how-far-apart-iran-are-gop-candidates-obama Republican presidential candidates this week — with the exception of Ron Paul — appeared to be trying to outdo each other in saying how tough they would be in dealing with Iran. Speaking before a pro-Israel group, they said President Obama has been weak — "feckless," in Mitt Romney's words.<p>Obama, meanwhile, was not impressed. Thu, 08 Mar 2012 05:01:00 +0000 Tom Gjelten 1219 at http://wrti.org How Far Apart On Iran Are GOP Candidates, Obama? As GOP Races On, Puerto Rico Could Be Battleground http://wrti.org/post/gop-races-puerto-rico-could-be-battleground Residents of Puerto Rico are U.S. citizens, but they get a say in who should be president only by voting in the Democratic and Republican party primaries. Because Puerto Rico is a territory, not a state, Puerto Ricans are not allowed to vote in the general election. The political parties, on the other hand, can set their own nominating procedures, and on occasion Puerto Rico becomes a primary battleground.<p>Four years ago, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama fought hard for Puerto Rico's delegates. Tue, 28 Feb 2012 16:55:00 +0000 Tom Gjelten 912 at http://wrti.org As GOP Races On, Puerto Rico Could Be Battleground U.S. Not Afraid To Say It: China's The Cyber Bad Guy http://wrti.org/post/chinas-hacking-us-remains-top-concern American officials have long complained about countries that systematically hack into U.S. computer networks to steal valuable data, but until recently they did not name names.<p>In the last few months, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/11/27/142828055/chinas-cyber-threat-a-high-stakes-spy-game">that has changed</a>. China is now officially one of the cyber bad guys and probably the worst.<p>"We know, and there's good evidence ... Sat, 18 Feb 2012 10:29:00 +0000 Tom Gjelten 554 at http://wrti.org U.S. Not Afraid To Say It: China's The Cyber Bad Guy