[cryptography] Paris Attacks Blamed on Strong Cryptography and Edward Snowden

John Young jya at pipeline.com
Tue Nov 17 11:06:53 EST 2015


Wheedling about crypto and Snowden diverts from 
CIA Director's full speech and broader critique. CIA version omits Q&A.

<https://t.co/d6tAq2PiZi>http://csis.org/files/attachments/151116_GSF_OpeningSession.pdf

To be sure, commentators must promote their 
products to flatter their consumers as do spies, officials and
armaments (crypto) producers.

Officials buy the armaments to gain votes and 
post-service directorships, word artists blow wind to fan the flames.

"This Is War!" Perfect for all consumers except 
the slaughtered, a few of which get ritual 
mourning (most ignored, unreported, unsacrelized, unheroricized, unencrypted).

Hard to tell the difference between opportunistic 
warmongerers or anti-warmongerers, so ying and yang in complicity.

At 10:03 AM 11/17/2015, you wrote:

>1. 
><https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2015/11/paris_attacks_b.html>https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2015/11/paris_attacks_b.html
>2. 
>https://theintercept.com/2015/11/15/exploiting-emotions-about-paris-to-blame-snowden-distract-from-actual-culprits-who-empowered-isis/
>
><<As Paris reels from terrorist attacks that 
>have claimed at least 128 lives, fierce blame 
>for the carnage is being directed toward 
>American whistleblower Edward Snowden and the 
>spread of strong encryption catalyzed by his 
>actions. Now the Paris attacks are being used an excuse to demand back doors>>
>
>
><<how can “officials” and their media 
>stenographers persist in trying to convince 
>people of such a blatant, easily disproven 
>falsehood: namely, that Terrorists learned to 
>hide their communications from Snowden’s 
>revelations? They do it because of how many 
>benefits there are from swindling people to 
>believe this. To begin with, U.S officials are 
>eager here to demonize far more than just Snowden
>They want to demonize encryption generally as 
>well as any companies that offer it. Indeed, as 
>these media accounts show, they’ve been trying 
>for two decades to equate the use of encryption 
>— anything that keeps them out of people’s 
>private onlinee communications — with aiding and abetting The Terrorists>>
>
><<Above all, there’s the desperation to 
>prevent people from asking how and why ISIS was 
>able to spring up seemingly out of nowhere and 
>be so powerful, able to blow up a Russian 
>passenger plane, a market in Beirut, and the 
>streets of Paris in a single week. That’s the 
>one question Western officials are most 
>desperate not to be asked, so directing 
>people’s ire to Edward Snowden and strong 
>encryption is beneficial in the extreme>>
>
>
><<There’s the related question of how ISIS has 
>become so well-armed and powerful. There are 
>many causes, but a leading one is the role 
>played by the U.S. and its “allies in the 
>region” (i.e., Gulf tyrannies) in arming them>>
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