The latest leak from former-NSA-contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden, published by The New York Times on Tuesday, revealed that the National Security Agency has been using old-school technology to spy on offline computers.
The article contains the link to The New York Times first story.
In the James Bond flick “Skyfall” — I wish it had been “Quantum of Solace” for effect here — the attack on the “green and pleasant land” is remarked as “coming from the shadows” and much by way of extraordinary Internet accessing technologies. It appears in the real political state-of-affairs that the ability to disrupt or invade computer networks is coming not from the shadows so much as the sun itself: America’s great zoom zoom high-tech military-industrial complex.
One greets this information with perhaps mixed feelings: I’m glad the leadership in the field is on my side! Wait a minute: what is the leadership in the field doing on my side?
We all know the Cynic’s Golden Rule: “He who has the gold makes the rules”.
Let the grin disappear from the face as one contemplates the wealth and attendant powers now associated with China (host today of the world’s largest bank, to which we Americans are doubtlessly deeply indebted), master investor, principal, and skimmer Ayatollah Khamenei, and the focused and shrewd player V. Putin with the greatest potential pirate’s lair ever — if that’s what he wants, who knows? — going up in Marbella, a fine location just east of Gibraltar and north of whatever comes by sea from north Africa.
And down to the essence as regards “Truth! Justice! And the American Way!“: our world is or has become a startlingly and overwhelmingly amoral place, and the only morality in great common force would seem to be the conscience and power of money — and you know what that’s like.
Perhaps it’s that world in which America’s and NATO’s defense and intelligence systems struggle.
We of the west and of Greco-Roman, Judeo-Christian intellectual inheritance believe we know the difference between right and wrong and strive to hew to what is right while our enemies in junta and mobs and murderous roving bands have loosed themselves from all of that.
I believe we have the right belief.
Still, the breadth and potency of so many natural political enemies seems to me astounding and daunting.
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