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How Cyber Security Could Be a Winning Issue for Obama

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama stands with members of the national security team at the conclusion of one in a series of meetings discussing the mission against Osama bin Laden, in the Situation Room of the White House in Washington, May 1, 2011.

Credit: Pete Souza/White House

A blackout in Manhattan. A major dam failure. Mayhem at a chemical plant. Those are all potential, and entirely plausible, consequences of a cyber attack, according to a range of current and former national security officials, including the top American commander in charge of cyber security. But after months of inconclusive debate, Congress skipped town last week without passing a cyber security law.

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