The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. We are now witnessing the birth of high-tech hostilities as the Americans and their allies begin their assault on Iraq. Reports out of the Middle East show how strategies have changed as technologies improve.   In previous wars, disabling the communications infrastructure was a major priority. Yet this time telephony, electricity and TV service in Baghdad has apparently not been targeted. Which is not to say technology hasn’t played a prominent role in the fighting. Indications are that the Pentagon used electronic eavesdropping to determine Saddam Hussein’s whereabouts. It was that information that led to the quick first strike late last week. The danger is that officials will use the smokescreen of war to justify unwarranted interventions in domestic communications systems. Already, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge is warning about "cyberterrorism, hacking and state-sponsored information warfare." But most terrorists prefer to attack real targets, not computer networks. And most of the hackers who have disrupted the Internet in the past few months are greater fans of Eminem than Osama bin Laden. Richard Clarke, the former White House cybersecurity czar, has likewise joined the chorus. When he left government (NL, Feb. 10/03), he made dire predictions of what was about to befall North American Internet networks. He even claimed "a national election/referendum in Canada was cancelled" due to hackers. He apparently was referring to the recent leadership vote of the New Democrats. As the party made clear, voting was delayed due to worries about the SQL worm but the NDP’s system was intact (NL, Feb. 10/03). A related concern is who will repair or rebuild the communications infrastructure in Iraq that may yet be destroyed. Rumours in Washington persist that the Bush administration is planning to hand reconstruction contracts over to the private sector rather than allow government and humanitarian agencies to do the job, as was the case after previous wars.