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While Presidents Eisenhower and Bush decided on exceptions that violated national boundaries and international treaties, President Obama is exercising his exceptional prerogatives in the unbounded domains of aerospace and cyberspace.

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The Pentagon has decided to treat Internet-borne attacks on the United States as acts of war. The change is motivated in part by a brewing leet arms race with China and Russia. Essentially the U.S. is playing catch-up in what someone from the 1990s would call "cyberspace" and the military is buying time by creating, it hopes, a deterrent. (more)

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In this summer's most talked-about movie, "A Scanner Darkly," Keanu Reeves stars as an undercover narcotics agent losing his grip on reality in an America that has lost the war on drugs. True, the film is a warning call, but might it also inadvertently channel us toward the very dystopia it is warning against? This article ran in May, but we're trotting it out again because the movie just hit theaters this week.

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Jeff Chester at The Nation has an eye-opening report on how big telcos are trying to transform the "free, open and nondiscriminatory Internet of today to a privately run and branded service that would charge a fee for virtually everything we do online." | story

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