Terror Czar: the war is digital

Thursday, 12 September 2002, 12:37 AM EST

Invading Iraq or silencing Syria won't put an end to terrorism, but according to an influential retired U.S. Army general, figuring out how to effectively disrupt the communications of extremist factions could.

Speaking to an audience of security professionals on Wednesday, Barry McCaffrey, a security expert who advises Congress, said that winning against Saddam Hussein will be relatively easy. Protecting civil rights while battling terror will be harder.

McCaffrey, a highly decorated combat veteran, told attendees at the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) annual conference that the government's ability to protect the country is "only is good as the technology that backs it up."

McCaffrey said the United States' technologically advanced military could oust Hussein in three weeks, and a battle is inevitable. But removing dictators only goes so far, McCaffrey said, because most radicals aren't fighting for a country but an ideology.

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