More Competence Porn

Since 2004 or so, I’ve done a column over at SearchSecurity [ss] which started out as me doing a point/counterpoint with Bruce Schneier and ended with me interviewing interesting people from all over the field. I’m stopping doing the column, finally, this fall, due to “internet security fatigue” triggered by decades of saying the same thing.

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Unregulated Cops Get Up To No Good

You can be sure as water’s wet – if someone doesn’t tell cops “don’t intrude on people” (You know, like the constitution tried to…) they’re going to explore the grey zones around the people’s rights. And by “grey zones” that means “areas where they can pretend not to understand” or “it looks grey to me.”

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Missile Defense

Missile defense is one of those technologies that has the potential to dramatically destabilize certain aspects of warfare. Back in the 1980s, when Ronald Reagan began his fixation on “Star Wars” ballistic missile defense, wiser heads pointed out that: a) it’s really hard b) if it did work, it would mean the US was setting itself up to “win” a nuclear war.

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