Friday, October 20, 2006

Web of Terror

Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff recently addressed the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference. His remarks, which were lambasted in a recent Wired article, "Web of Terror," keep coming back to the theme of the supposed dangers of distributed computing to National Security (even though this robust structure was designed to protect National Security when it was first envisioned). He warns of "homegrown plots" from "local people" who are "American citizens" who may become "radicalized over the Internet." He also describes a "threat" "borne over the Internet" that has arrived first in Europe before eventually spreading here.

To see what a good job the legislative branch is doing on the issue, check out the work of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and their hilariously misspelled report, "Hearing on the Terrorist/Jihadist Use of the Internet for Strategic Coomunications," which identified a videogame fan film with a parody soundtrack as exhibit number one.

Committee member Heather Wilson is in a lot of hot water this week involving a scandal about pedophilia, YouTube, and the Digital millennium Copyright Act that was covered on Sivacracy.


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