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For the Commission, in addressing the answer to that “key” question -- “What can and should be the government’s involvement” certain truths quickly became self evident...

FIRST -- We know that Critical infrastructures have long been lucrative targets for anyone wanting to attack another country.
Our nation relies on its infrastructures -- they are or our nation’s life support systems, as I view them --
for national security,
overall public welfare, and
its economic strength.
Those who would attack the infrastructures would do so to:
reduce our ability to act in our national security interest,
erode confidence in critical services to create public unrest, and/or
reduce American economic competitiveness.

We also know that in the Gulf War, disabling Iraq’s infrastructures was one of the keys to our success -- a lesson noted with much interest by many countries around the world.