Cybersecurity rules allow for pre-emptive strikes, secret review finds

Officials say secret White House legal assessment of cybersecurity decision-making powers has determined President Barack Obama has the authority to greenlight a pre-emptive strike to protect against an impending attack. The review, which took two years to complete, determined Obama retains that power even against a target where no declaration of war exists, via rules that govern the activities of U.S. intelligence agencies.

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