[FoRK] Fwd: [IP] What It's Like to Get a National-Security Letter

David Edmondson dme at dme.org
Mon Jul 1 10:21:08 PDT 2013


On Mon, Jul 01 2013, Stephen D. Williams wrote:
> Did you see that DoD has blocked access to the Guardian web site?
> Technically, if government computers were used to access that web site
> and download still-technically-classified leaked slides, they would
> have to treat it as a data spill.  That means wiping and restoring, or
> even destroying, computers, phones, etc.
>
> There is a small range of situations where something like this could
> make sense, but here this is just silly, i.e. dumb.  The net result is
> that, potentially, the very people who should understand what is
> public from a security perspective have filtered key knowledge from
> themselves.  Every security professional, and just about all
> IT/technical government people are now security professionals to some
> extent to keep their jobs, should be reading everything that is public
> about this.  Talk about sticking your head in the sand.

Worse, it paints the US in a very bad light.

"You may only read the things that are permitted, even if they are
public knowledge."


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