I'm going to play devil's advocate here, but it seems like all of you are solving the wrong problem: In my mind, he would like the President to have the authority to unequivocally halt a cyberattack on US infrastructure or military interests by whatever drastic means necessary.
"Shut down the tank?" he says, mirthless. "Does it occur to you, fella, that the tank has been doin' all the computin' for every business office for years? It's been handlin' the distribution of ninety-four per cent of all telecast programs, has given out all information on weather, plane schedules, special sales, employment opportunities and news; has handled all person-to-person contacts over wires and recorded every business conversation and agreement— Listen, fella! Logics changed civilization. Logics are civilization! If we shut off logics, we go back to a kind of civilization we have forgotten how to run!"
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