Thoughts from SNL on Privacy

Posted by on April 5, 2005

No no no…Lorne Michael’s isn’t getting into the InfoSec business. This is from Bruce Schneier’s blog today where he talks about Sandia National Lab’s press release from 3/17/05:

But the most chilling quote of all:

“The goal here is to abolish anonymity, the terrorist’s friend,” says Sandia researcher Peter Chew. “We’re not talking about abolishing privacy — that’s another issue. We’re only considering the effect of setting up an electronic situation where all the people in a mall, subway, or airport ‘know’ each other — via, say, Bluetooth — as they would have, personally, in a small town. This would help malls and communities become bad targets.”

Anonymity is now the terrorist’s friend? I like to think of it as democracy’s friend.

wow. This article has some very interesting notions but the above paragraph is just scary. I would love for Dr. Chew to explain how anonymity is a friend to the barbarians. Is it because anonymity means when the shooting breaks out or the bomb goes off the people in the mall won’t know who’s the good guys and who’s the bad guys? Or is it as blatant as it appears…tag everyone so the good guys know who they are?

John Whitley of ACG makes an interesting comment:

“Because their goal is to terrorize us, one point is to take the terror out of terror,” says John Whitley, another ACG group member. “Consider fire: At one time, fire was a major threat to cities and even burned a number of them down. Now we have fire engines, water hydrants, fire insurance. We live with the danger almost without thinking about it. We need to set up the same kind of standby mechanisms against terrorism, and do so in an affordable manner.”

Having mechanisms in place to combat the threats is a wonderful idea…wish he had thought of it first. The problem is we have no idea what to look for when it comes to identifying the attackers. We are fighting an ideology here and ideology knows no race or color. Unfortunately the barbarians are too cowardly to wear indentifying garb…except women and children as shields. {move away from that soapbox Pilgrim}

The idea that we can be made safer by electronically announcing our presence is hogwash. All that will do is make it easier to find the bodies after the gunfire stops and the rubble settles.

I guess when the rubble settles they won’t know if I’m a good guy or a bad guy then.

Revelations 13:16-17

16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Revelations 14:9-10

9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand 10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

Not worth it lads.

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