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US Lawmaker Blames Iran for Cyber Attacks on US Banks

Chairman Joe Lieberman, ID-Conn., leads a hearing of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs to assess current threats to the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, September 19, 2012.Chairman Joe Lieberman, ID-Conn., leads a hearing of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs to assess current threats to the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, September 19, 2012.
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Chairman Joe Lieberman, ID-Conn., leads a hearing of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs to assess current threats to the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, September 19, 2012.
Chairman Joe Lieberman, ID-Conn., leads a hearing of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs to assess current threats to the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, September 19, 2012.
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The head of the U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee says he believes Iran is behind cyber attacks this week on U.S. banks.

In an interview with U.S. television network C-SPAN, Senator Joseph Lieberman of the eastern state of Connecticut said he thinks the disruptions of the websites of JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America were carried out by Iran and its Quds Force, a unit of its elite Revolutionary Guards. He said he does not believe these were "just hackers."

Lieberman said he believes the attacks were a response to "increasingly strong" economic sanctions that the U.S. and its European allies have put on Iranian financial institutions.

The United States and several other Western countries have united to impose sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, which they suspect is aimed at developing nuclear weapons. Iran insists its uranium enrichment program is solely for peaceful purposes.

On Saturday, the U.S. Senate almost unanimously passed a non-binding resolution opposing Iran's development of atomic weapons.

The Senate passed the measure in a vote of 90 to 1.

The wording of the non-binding measure specifically states that the measure should not be interpreted as an authorization for the use of military force or a declaration of war.

Republican Senator Rand Paul of the southern state of Kentucky, who cast the lone "no" vote, has denounced the resolution as an excuse for the use of military force. 

The Obama administration has resisted Israeli calls to set a deadline for Iran to stop work on its nuclear program.

Israel sees a nuclear armed Iran as a threat to its existence, and refuses to rule out military action against Iranian nuclear sites.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.

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by: yooper2001 from: USA
September 23, 2012 10:29 PM
I cannot believe that USA does not have smart enough computer people to do the same to iran's banking system. what is good for the goose is good for the gander


by: matthew Slater
September 22, 2012 6:42 PM
I fail to see how what this hired warmonger says he believes constitutes news. This article is manufacturing consent. There's no evidence even offered that the banks were attacked. These are the most distrusted institutions on society that commit fraud and theft every day. War is their business model. This is obviously a false flag.


by: Bob from: U.S.
September 22, 2012 8:50 AM
We do not need more wars, we have had enough with Iraq and Afghanistan....if the sole purpose of this vote is to declare war again then it is wrong.

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by: RnRdude from: Holland
September 22, 2012 12:41 PM
@Bob While its true that war should always be avoided however its not smart to let islamic radicals have nuclear weapons you know what islamic radicals did to the world trade center.. sticking your head in the sand does not make world problems go away.. some people should not get nuclear weapons..

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