[cryptography] Comsec as Public Utility Beyond Illusory Privacy

Kevin kevinsisco61784 at gmail.com
Thu Mar 13 10:14:11 EDT 2014

On 3/13/2014 9:59 AM, John Young wrote:
> Snowden may have raised the prospect of comsec as a public utility
> like power, water, gas, sewage, air quality, environmental protection
> and telecommunications. Privacy protection has been shown to be
> illusory at best, deceptive at worst, due to the uncontrollable
> technology applied erroneously for national security.
> Each of the other public utilities began as private offerings before
> becoming commercialized and then institutionalized as necessities,
> many eventually near or wholly monopolies.
> Each also evolved into military targets for control, contamination,
> destruction, and in some cases excluded as too essential for
> civilian livelihood to target.
> Comsec as a right for human discourse rather than a commercial
> service could enforce privacy beyond easy violation for official
> and commercial purposes.
> Freedom of comsec, say, as a new entry in the US Bill of Rights
> could lead the way for it to be a fundamental element of Human
> Rights.
> The problem will be as ever the commercial and governmental
> exploiters aiming to protect their interests against that of
> the public.
> FCC and NIST, indeed, the three branches, are hardly reliable to
> pursue this, so beholden to the spy agencies they cannot be trusted.
> NSA's ubiquitous spying on everybody at home and elsewhere
> with technology beyond accountability does raise the chances of
> getting agreement of all targets -- gov, com, edu, org -- to say
> enough is enough, national security has become a catchall for
> inexcusable invasion of the public realm.
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Okay, isn't this a bit over the top?


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