Electronic Marques

Interesting idea. The US Constitution authorizes operations against pirates. Article 1,Section 8, Clause 10 “To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations;”

It also covers issuing letters of Marque and Reprisal, Article 1, Section 8, Clause 11 “To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;”

Why not do the suddenly obvious and issue Letters of Marque and Reprisal to private corporations to go after international electronic pirates, foreign agents who are attacking our corporations and infrastructure electronically? Makes sense to me.

8 thoughts on “Electronic Marques

  1. I’m all for it. Search and destroy, but eventually it’ll have to involve guns. Not digital, Video game models of guns, but real ones.

    Hmm. I wonder if we know anyone familiar with cyber security and guns…

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  4. What happens when some of our privateers are caught? Will they be treated as POWs or be hanged? Could they be tracked down by INTERPOL?
    Can another country issue letters against entities that have our letters?
    This idea needs further development.

    • Well, I doubt our e-privateers would be in danger of being hanged. However, I have seen writeups on certain virii and hacks that can actually cause a computer monitor (at least, one of the old CRT series) to explode. Tricky stuff though.

      In all seriousness though, we really do need to discourage the Chinese from continually rummaging through our corporation files. I imagine having some of their computers melting down into puddles of metal and plastic sludge might be a good start.

      • It may also, ah, encourage on-shoring of actual hardware manufacturing and production, to ensure our stuff is proof against such activities from them. Good for security, and jobs, too.

  5. Now about letters of marque, authorizing groups of citizens to secure our border? I’d happily go to the border as a bounty hunter for at least 3-4 months a year. I’m sure there are plenty of others, too.
    The Obama regime and other powers that be do not want the problem solved because they deliberately created it for their own ultimate benefit (not to mention our detriment, which is also to their benefit.)

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