Sunday, November 23, 2008

A Perspective on National Security

My newswire inbox has been flooded over the past few days with articles about President-elect Obama's phone records being breached by unknown Verizon Wireless employees.

Then there was the matter of Sarah Palin's Yahoo! email being hacked (actually, password-hint guessed) which took center stage right as the election started to heat up down the stretch...

... and McCain and Obama's websites were hacked during the course of the election, multiple times as a matter of claims.

This brings me to what I want to draw your attention to - national security.  At which point in these data breaches did we cross over into a threat to national security?

Some would argue it happened when Palin's email was "hacked into"... possibly - but you have to ask yourself what sort of twit would discuss matters of national security over public webmail!

Others have tried to argue that Obama or McCain's sites being hacked was a matter of national security ... please, seriously?

This brings me to the matter of Obama's cell phone records being snooped.  Depending on which version of the story you believe, one of Obama's people says that the cell phone that was snooped on hadn't been used for a while, OK - but work with me on this one.  Cell phone records (numbers called, if voicemail was left, and such) are a dangerous tool.  Imagine if someone knew who you called - they could certainly use that to say, blackmail you, once you were in a position of power.  Call me a conspiracy theorist, but I'd say this could be a far more dangerous situation and requires Secret Service attention... not the rediculous things them and the FBI have been chasing lately.

You have to wonder... is our notion of national security in the digital realm as well-focused as it should be?  Do we properly understand the threats?  Furthermore, does our government, the people who send the big guns and write the laws, have the proper grasp technology that it should?

My obvious answer would be ... no.  So to the incoming President - please hire someone with a clue?

As a cynical side-note, someone identified as "Jeff" left this comment:

November 21st, 2008 9:54 pm ET

With all the wiretappings going on via Bush's WOT, why didn't Homeland Security discover this?

---Good one Jeff.

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