Police knew prior to 9-11 of "Coming Event"
Informants were out to identify citizens who had firearms or who would be politically active "resistance leaders". Writing critical of Connecticut's courts and the quality of, "Protection and Service", put me on that domestic spy on, follow around, and ruin list.
Cops were bragging that, "A new time is coming", meaning they would have even more power, greater numbers, and virtually no oversight. I thought it was bold talk in the mid to late 1990's. What officers bragged about has come true, beyond my wildest imagination. Most of the public seems blind ...
- Connecticut State Police Misconduct Brutality Lawyer Attorney Judicial Legislator Legislation Public Corruption M. Jodi Rell Governor John G. Rowland Arthur L. Spada Connecticut State Police Commissioner Leonard C. Boyle FBI Washington DC Deputy Security Homeland
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Schneier on Security
A blog covering security and security technology.
July 16, 2010
The NSA's Perfect Citizen
In what creepy back room do they come up with these names?
The federal government is launching an expansive program dubbed "Perfect Citizen" to detect cyber assaults on private companies and government agencies running such critical infrastructure as the electricity grid and nuclear-power plants, according to people familiar with the program.
The surveillance by the National Security Agency, the government's chief eavesdropping agency, would rely on a set of sensors deployed in computer networks for critical infrastructure that would be triggered by unusual activity suggesting an impending cyber attack, though it wouldn't persistently monitor the whole system, these people said.
No reason to be alarmed, though. The NSA claims that this is just research.
@Alex Bond "not entirely comfortable with the NSA being in charge of it, but they obviously have the experience"
Problem with intelligence agencies in this role is that they are in conflict against the integrity of the system. In the intel world you exploit, deny, or deceive.
A commercial firm has one goal up-time. If the NSA or any other intel agency were in charge then they might allow an attack to proceed in order to better assess the nature and capabilities of the attacker. One of their 'customers' may have to die that others survive.
A Bank doesn't want to know that there are attackers who can burn through their vault in Paris. They want their controls to deter all attackers.
"how can you incentivise security?"
Regulation and mandates is one way. We've only been doing it 10 years so I say it's too early to judge it's effectiveness.
I am reminded of Ford Motor Co and this guy they hired Named Robert Strange McNamara (may he burn). McNamara was wild about numbers and passionate about "Safety". Executives at Ford kept telling him that Safety doesn't sell. No one wants to buy safety. He was able to improve the safety of cars made by Ford.
So I'd say it starts with getting people passionate about security into board meetings and they have to have the financial tools to be able to represent their case in the organizations budget.
@EH "it's the NSA, what reason to they have to publicize anything?"
They didn't. Some reporter somewhere sticking their nose in forced NSA to explain themselves. Good on them.
@jacob's point about oversight and accountability is well said. The NSA doesn't answer to their 'customers' and have been shown that they can be bullied by well placed senior government officials.
Posted by: BF Skinner at July 19, 2010 6:49 AM