A Johns Hopkins computer science professor blogs on the NSA and is asked to take it down. I fear for academic freedomHappening in the heart of the so-called "University" (so named because the study of all knowledge was though to be its mission), hilarity ensues:
asking questions. Now, Johns Hopkins is worried about how it looks in the media. The university bureaucracy scrambles the jets and comes up with a statement[bureaucratic ass covering redacted] Word gets around, and by late afternoon, the press starts
For the life of me, this smells like the whole Global Warming thing, where the Establishment is so bought by sweet, sweet Gubmint cash that any deviation is met by a knee jerk response. I blogged long, long ago about the need of Climate Scientists to be seen as loyal to Orthodox Received Wisdom:
You can almost smell the fear - the article discusses a series of climate changes over the centuries (not a surprise to either of my regular readers), strongly correlated with changes in Solar activity. But the author feels the need to add a non sequitur about Carbon Dioxide. E pur si muove, indeed.Anyone receiving big NSA contracts will feel a similar need to keep their "noses" clean. I know people who have forbidden their employees from accessing any of the Wikileaks documents, even from home. They are in the business of "weaponizing" exploits for US Government agencies unspecified, but not really unimaginable. It's unclear whether they intend to do this as a matter of policy, or whether they've lived in their own once-private-now-unexpectedly-public bubble that it's all autopilot.
But we see the NSA crack down is throwing gasoline on what is already a fire blazing out of control. The more it blazes, the more gasoline they pour. Err, to keep the rest of the Faithful err, faithful.
Listen particularly starting around 4:15. Johns Hopkins is climbing the church tower:
Through the tall blades of grass he heads for the JubileeThey had to burn down the Academic Village to safe it's Grant Funding. A real Profiles in Courage on display, right there.
With a bucket in his right hand full of rags soaked in gasoline
He lifts the shingles in the dark and slips the rags there underneath
He strikes a matchstick on the box side and watches the rags ignite
He climbs the bell tower of the Sacred Blood to watch the flames
Rising higher toward the trees sirens wailing now toward the scene
I must say that The Guardian is a bunch of leftie Com-Simps (as is author Jay Rosen), but their reporting on the NSA has been simply outstanding, and precisely what we would hope for from a free press. Kudos to The Guardian and Rosen.
Hat tip: Six, via email. You do read him every day, don't you? He covers the security (and gunnie) world, which I must confess is a lot of ground. You're missing out if you rely on me, sad to say.