[EAS]Homeland Security

pjk pjk at design.eng.yale.edu
Mon Dec 16 14:37:25 EST 2002

Subject:   Homeland Security

Sometimes a small vignette is more telling than a larger picture.

(from http://www.counterpane.com/crypto-gram-0212.html)
which also features a longer editorial item on Homeland Security.

Interesting article about getting the first step of security
completely wrong: not understanding what problem a security system is
supposed to solve. After 9/11, Ashcroft began enforcing a rule that
required non-U.S. citizens to notify the federal government whenever
they move. Change of address cards have been pouring into the
government office by the hundreds of thousands. There's no staff to
enter the address changes into a computer, and they're sitting in
boxes in storage. And even if someone did enter the data, so what? How
exactly is this going to solve any security problem? Is a terrorist
going to send a card in when he moves? I don't think so. 

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