[cryptome] Re: Microsoft and the NSA

  • From: John Young <jya@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: cryptome@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 18 Jul 2013 20:59:18 -0400

The asymmetry of government information disclosure in institutionalized
under the rubric of national security. No released information is
free of tampering to "protect national security." What is released is
multi-level, with each deeper level requiring a deeper level of
clearance for access. Some levels are bogus to obscure
understanding, others are compartmentalized to avoid
spillage between realms of access. It is not likely that the
public will have access to more than comforting information.
Not by government websites, by FOIA, by law-suit, by leakage, by
declassification, so long as national security can be applied
to retroactively, actively or prospectively control.

What has evolved under this implacable regime are bountiful
estimates and speculations about secret government operations,
the raison d'etre of spying.

All of them specious in that they appear to reveal what they
do not, especially those generated by ex-officials, ex-spies,
ex-military, and other exes. A key feature of national security
is that it deludes secretkeepers about what they keep
by the byzantine methodologies of distrust at its root: national
security is based on the certainty that it will be betrayed by
insiders, therefore its greatest enemy is its hyper-paranoia.

National security is not about protecting the nation, its aim
is to generate fear of its inevitable failure. Once this was
called original sin, damnation, terror of mortality.

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security DIY.

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