[cryptome] Re: Microsoft and the NSA

  • From: nativebuddha <nativebuddha@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: cryptome@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 18 Jul 2013 22:02:32 -0400

Dear John,

I downloaded the aforementioned app of national security DIY, but found it
to have several bugs:

1. Every time I opened it, it closed shortly thereafter;
2. The few times I was able to run it (for about 5 minutes a turn), it
provided information that was quickly contradicted by more information;
3. It has this weird screensaver that comes up sporadically (I think it's
4. I can't get that damn Microsoft logo to disappear from the lower right
hand corner.

Anyway, it's not worth the ten bucks I spent on it.


ps Does it only come in the America version? Will there be other versions
in the future, possibly Iceland or Botswana?

On Thu, Jul 18, 2013 at 8:59 PM, John Young <jya@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> 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.
> For $10 you will receive a cellphone app of national
> security DIY.

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