Some days it’s just absolutely boggling where our taxpayer money goes to thanks to Pentagon bureaucrats who are more concerned about covering their asses from political reprisal than actually figuring ways to logically strengthen our security. I’ll break it down. Here’s:
The Defense Department is sending St. Mary’s University School of Law $1 million to help fight terrorism by studying ways to limit the scope of the Freedom of Information Act, a landmark open government law that celebrated its 40th anniversary Tuesday.
And here’s the paper-thin reasoning:
He said he believes it’s only a matter of time before terrorists figure out how to hack into computers that run the nation’s infrastructure.
So far, Addicott said, he doesn’t know of any terrorists who have used freedom of information laws to get such information, but he believes it is inevitable that they will.
“They don’t need bombs anymore,” he said. “They can hack in and tell the Hoover Dam to release the water.”
And here’s the truth:
“It seems like we’re just losing all our freedoms in the name of homeland security, and I just wonder where the real threat is,” he said. “We’re not going to keep terrorists from finding out about power plants and water supplies by tightening the Freedom of Information Act.”
McMasters made a similar point, saying the best security often comes from public pressure to fix weaknesses once they are exposed.
Exactly. It’s like our government has taken on the old Microsoft security mentality, whereby if you supposedly keep the vulnerability a secret, no one will know about it (raise your hand if you feel safe running Windows 98 without patches visiting Russian sites on IE4). Having the government bury their head in the sand and pretending everything is safe from attack by refusing to acknowledge those vulnerabilities is uh… criminally stupid. What we need is more information and more people pointing out flaws in security similar to how open source projects secure their exploitable code. It’s open source government, and it’s built that way for a damned good reason.