By Marcus Ranum
"As I write this, i am sitting in a restaurant in an immense U.S. airport, consuming my breakfast with a plastic knife and fork. I labored up relatively an urge for food getting right here hours early and shuffling within the block-long traces till I obtained to the protection checkpoint the place i may take off my footwear, get rid of my belt, and placed my carry-on baggage in the course of the screening process ."What's happening? it really is fatherland safeguard. Welcome to the hot age of knee-jerk protection at any fee. good, i have paid, and you've got paid, and we will all maintain paying-but is it going to aid? Have we launched into an important multibillion-dollar boondoggle that is going to do not anything greater than make us consider safer? Are we paying nosebleed costs for "feel-good" measures? ."This ebook was once painful to write down. by means of nature, i'm an issue solver. Professionally i've got made my occupation out of fixing advanced difficulties successfully by way of searching for definitely the right position to push tough and make a distinction. learning the dept of fatherland protection, the FBI, CIA, INS, the PATRIOT Act, and so on, one falls right into a rabbit's gap of interdependent lameness and disorder. I got here head to head with the conclusion that there are tremendous bureaucracies that exist basically for the only objective of prolonging their life, that the very constitution of forms rewards inefficiency and encourages territorialism and turf warfare."
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Does this sound similar to the national security approach post-9/11? It should. Building a secure network is a complex problem requiring strong fundamental designs and a great deal of discipline and common sense. C. Building a secure network is “a complex problem requiring strong fundamental designs and a great deal of discipline and common sense. C. S. federal government. Amazingly, many people in the private sector believe it is good — or at least better than it really is. That’s because Hollywood almost always represents government (CIA and NSA computers, particularly) as supersecure, with capabilities right out of science fiction novels, and because law enforcement represents hackers as a whole lot more skilled than they really are.
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Senator Joseph Lieberman proposed the Department of Homeland Security in October 2001, following the 9/11 attacks, as a crucial action that should be taken to help protect the country against further terror threats. The first shots in a long drawn-out war of wrangling had begun. Should we automatically assume that the original proposal was politically motivated? We can never know. But we can ascribe a lot of the subsequent twists and turns in the DHS story to pure politics. For one thing, the proposal for DHS had come from one of President Bush’s opponents in the last presidential election, and a likely potential candidate against Bush for the 2004 election.
The Myth of Homeland Security by Marcus Ranum