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Senator: Move Cyber Jobs Away from D.C.; 'Some of Those Jobs Need to Be Located Outside the Blast Zone'

11:02 AM, Aug 27, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Senator Mary Landrieu, a Democrat from Louisiana, is making the case that some "cyber" jobs need to be moved away from the Washington, D.C. area -- and to Louisiana, where those people might be physically safer.

“Those jobs can’t all be based inside Washington, D.C., and Arlington, Va.,” she explained to a local paper. "Some of those jobs need to be located outside the blast zone."

Landrieu did not explain what blasts she expects to hit the Washington, D.C. area, or when those blasts might hit.

Landrieu is up for reelection, which might explain why she's trying to bring some more jobs to her home state. And that she'd be willing to use whatever rhetoric necessary in order to make her case.

The Daily Advertiser reports:

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu told the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce that “cyber war is the war of the future” and banks, government agencies, electric grids, emergency response services and the military all are vulnerable to attack by hackers and tech-savvy terrorists.That could mean new jobs for Louisiana.Landrieu, D-New Orleans, said she plans to use her influence as chair of Homeland Security to “build a cyber footprint in Louisiana.” She wants to move to Louisiana more governmental agencies and tech experts charged with protecting America from hackers.“Those jobs can’t all be based inside Washington, D.C., and Arlington, Va.,” she told The Daily Advertiser later. “Some of those jobs need to be located outside the blast zone. With its technological expertise and the university here, Acadiana can help safeguard the cyber frontier.”

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