State of fear

The latest Crypto-gram from Bruce Schneier has a piece about the massacre in Aurora which should be mandatory reading; young, old, employed, unemployed, lawyers, legislators, politicians, policemen, soldiers, sailors, teachers, technicians, programmers, plumbers, civil rights activists, sportsmen, butchers, bakers and candlestick makers to name a few. Everyone should read it! Continue reading

Fear not

From chapter three:

Such dread was a large part of the post-9/11 decade.  A culture of
fear had created a culture of spending to control it, which, in
turn, had led to a belief that the government had to be able to
stop every single plot before it took place, regardless of whether
it involved one network of twenty terrorists or one single
deranged person.  This expectation propelled more spending and
even more zero-defect expectations.  There were tens of thousands
of unsolved murders in the United States by 2010, but few
newspapers ever blared this across their front pages or even tried
to investigate how their police departments had to failed to solve
them all over the years. But when it came to terrorism, newspaper and other media outlets amplified each mistake, which amplified the threat, which amplified the fear, which prompted more spending, and on and on and on.

Top Secret America by Dana Priest and William M Arkin, published by Back Bay. There’s a web site with more material here.

Looks to be interesting material about a debate that is badly overdue. And not just in the USA. There are elements of the UK security approach which have mimicked that of the USA, without stopping to question their relevance and suitability. Even in Israel, a discussion about these issues would be beneficial, though it is way down the list of pressing needs.

Thanks to Bruce Schneier.

Query for the publishers: why is this not available on the Kindle?

Is it safe?

Bruce Schneier, to quote from his website

“…is an internationally renowned security technologist and author. Described by The Economist as a “security guru,” he is best known as a refreshingly candid and lucid security critic and commentator. When people want to know how security really works, they turn to Schneier.”

The quote saved me thinking and writing time, because it’s damn accurate. I’ve been a subscriber to Bruce’s Crypto-Gram Newsletter for some time, and it’s always lived up to the billing. Continue reading