Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Real security

We know that US borders are porous, that major
targets are largely undefended, and that the
multicolor threat alert scheme known
affectionately as "the rainbow of doom" is a
national joke. Anybody who has been paying
attention probably suspects that if we rely on
orders from above to protect us, we'll be in
terrible shape. But in a networked era, we have
increasing opportunities to help ourselves. This
is the real source of homeland security: not
authoritarian schemes of surveillance and
punishment, but multichannel networks of advice,
information, and mutual aid.

...that's assuming there's even a threat.

Now read why.

Thanks to simmering frogs.