What's an 'emergency cyber action'?

Several paragraphs in the Presidential Policy Directive on cyberware — those about "emergency cyber actions" — will trouble civil libertarians and companies in the U.S. The reason is not so much the content of the paragraphs but the fact that the government felt it necessary to hide them.

Actually, the words "emergency cyber actions" are themselves classified!

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Marc Ambinder

Marc Ambinder is TheWeek.com's editor-at-large. He is the author, with D.B. Grady, of The Command and Deep State: Inside the Government Secrecy Industry. Marc is also a contributing editor for The Atlantic and GQ. Formerly, he served as White House correspondent for National Journal, chief political consultant for CBS News, and politics editor at The Atlantic. Marc is a 2001 graduate of Harvard. He is married to Michael Park, a corporate strategy consultant, and lives in Los Angeles.