House Armed Services Committee Vice Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Tex.), who drafted the language as part of the House-adopted 2012 defense authorization bill, said he was motivated by hearing from commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan frustrated by an inability to protect their forces against attacks they thought were enabled by adversaries spreading information online.
“I have had colonels come back to me and talk about how they thought they could do a better job of protecting their troops if they could deal with a particular Web site,” he said. “Yet because it was cyber, it was all new unexplored territory that got into lots of lawyers from lots of agencies being involved.”
Arid Uka is charged with the murder of two U.S. soldiers and the wounding of two others at Frankfurt International Airport on March 2, 2011. They were on an airport bus when Uka, who worked at the airport, boarded shouting “Allah-u akbar” (God is great) and began shooting. Uka told a German court that he was radicalized by jihadist propagana videos he watched on the Internet.