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Now a new report that US intelligence operatives hacked into that al-Qaeda online magazine inspire.
And kept the latest issue from going up on the web among other things national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin is live from the Pentagon.
With more on this story so it -- were talking a lot about NSA and monitoring phone calls and web sites and all that.
What what's this scenario here -- who hacked this site what do we know.
Well right -- what's been sort of lost in this discussion is that they NSA is conducting.
Offensive strikes as well against known terrorist groups using the meta data they collect.
They're not just providing a surveillance put it this is not more than just a surveillance program let's take the most recent example.
Last month we know that al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula tried to post its latest issue of inspire magazine online.
In the past terrorists how to make a bomb in your mother's kitchen for instance.
They went online but moments later the first twenty pages of the magazine came up blank.
It appeared to be the victim of cyber attack the Pentagon won't say whether it was behind the attack but we've since learned from groups that monitor -- potty web sites.
The US cyber command and the National Security Agency NSA which sit in the same location.
They are actively going after these groups according to memory the Middle East Media Research Institute.
US cyber attackers sometimes go into these online publications.
And they may just Alter the ingredients for how to make a bomb just enough so that the recipe doesn't work another way of disrupting terrorist plots -- Very interesting especially remember having this -- -- -- -- public debate what happens in the dark behind closed doors what happens in the light of day and we know that the president.
Signed a directive in the fall that debt was very public that would give the military commission -- -- cyber as a weapon how does that figure into the conversation.
That's right it's important to remember what changed last October the president signed an order called a presidential policy directive.
It was presidential policy directive number twenty in which he asked the Pentagon cyber command and the NSA to draw up.
Potential offensive cyber targets overseas is likely that inspire magazine was one of those targets.
This former intelligence officer at the Department of State explains.
How -- -- entering a new era with this apparent cyber strike on inspire magazine.
Question is do legality.
Doing this and there's big internal debate.
In the White House about whether or not.
You're tampering with the freedom of speech.
And so far are people have been willing to put up with it.
There are limitations on freedom of speech if you -- advocate violence you know directly.
-- the US can take action against you.
That was Jim Lewis a former intelligence officer at the Department of State.
Working on cyber issues.
It's interesting also to point out that a recent pew.
Poll suggests that most Americans 57%.
Would preferred that the government.
Use this information go after terrorists and they -- are willing to sacrifice some of their privacy rights -- just saying Jennifer thank you.
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