At 03:20 PM 6/7/2014, you wrote:
Dear John Young & Colleagues, Hasn't encryption been a "con" since it was first invented?
Well said. And could be said of the weird mania of "national security." No doubt Lao Tzu or some bebearded sage said that long ago. But was that sage saying a con of cons? Outwitting is vaunted as more powerful than armaments. But outwitting is also whistling in the dark listening to a screaming missile incoming. A bumper sticker cautioned all security is faith-based, stuck on the Volkswagen of an atheist preacher targeted by an unbraked oil tanker, the overworked driver snoozing in the sleeper. Then the drones, ah, the glorious unmanned drones, angels of death of the deeply faith-based. Here in NYC, they are known as property developers lusting for homes of the poor.