10 April, 2006

How come this never happens to Al Qaeda?

For some reason, terrorist cells' rosters, complete with Social Security numbers, never seem to show up on stolen hard-drives for sale at the local flea market. Nor do their troop assignments, target lists, or memos that could prove embarrassing to governments that help them out. Why do I mention this? Because it happens to the committed, security-conscious "best fighting force in the world." Oops!
A reporter recently obtained several drives at the bazaar that contained documents marked "Secret." The contents included documents that were potentially embarrassing to Pakistan, a U.S. ally, presentations that named suspected militants targeted for "kill or capture" and discussions of U.S. efforts to "remove" or "marginalize" Afghan government officials whom the military considered "problem makers."
And here I thought one of the lessons of Vietnam was that you can't beat people who care more about their fight than you care about yours.

Oh, I'm sorry, did I say "lessons of Vietnam?" Did I imply that humans are capable of learning from experience, the divine ability that differentiates us from pit bulls and phytoplankton? Sorry, I misspoke. Those who want to feel different will have to satisfy themelves by staring in differentiated awe at their opposable thumbs.


You know, it seems to me that what happened is these things were for sale and the LAT bought them and tried them out and wrote the story. Hurrah for the LAT. But I doubt very much the LAT employed a set of crack code breakers to get the data off the drive.(Maybe I'm wrong, but journalists always seem kinda lazy about that sort of thing. We're less hackers than burrowers. ) AQ, on the other hand, is pretty tech-saavy and might even have such experts at its disposal. So. . .

WTF happened to password protecting your goddamn flash drive? I mean shit, even I do that for sensitive data. 

Posted by Saheli

lessons of vietnam.

(1) the only real enemies are political.

(2) see #1. 

Posted by hibiscus

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