My Opinion: NYT wants cyber security to be a divisive issue.

April 18, 2009
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I just read an article that seems designed to keep spreading FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt) about the US government and the NSA.   The article is titled “Control of Cybersecurity Becomes Divisive Issue “.  It starts with an assertion stated as if it were a fact that says “The National Security Agency has been campaigning to lead the government’s rapidly growing cybersecurity programs”.  I bump into all sorts of people in the beltway, and there is a huge amount of buzz regarding cyber.  There is also a huge amount of pontification and rumor and hype, and I think Risen and Lichtblau have fallen for some of that. I guess I should not be so hard on Risen and Lichtblau.  They are writing about stuff they have no real experience in (other than as writers) and their sources probably have their own biases or in some cases probably have no access to what is really going on.   Maybe I should just repeat something that all of us citizens should already know.  Don’t believe everything you read.  If I were writing the article, I think I would have started it out by saying “The National Security Agency has impressive security expertise and a…


I just read an article that seems designed to keep spreading FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt) about the US government and the NSA.   The article is titled “Control of Cybersecurity Becomes Divisive Issue “.  It starts with an assertion stated as if it were a fact that says “The National Security Agency has been campaigning to lead the government’s rapidly growing cybersecurity programs”.  I bump into all sorts of people in the beltway, and there is a huge amount of buzz regarding cyber.  There is also a huge amount of pontification and rumor and hype, and I think Risen and Lichtblau have fallen for some of that. I guess I should not be so hard on Risen and Lichtblau.  They are writing about stuff they have no real experience in (other than as writers) and their sources probably have their own biases or in some cases probably have no access to what is really going on.   Maybe I should just repeat something that all of us citizens should already know.  Don’t believe everything you read.  If I were writing the article, I think I would have started it out by saying “The National Security Agency has impressive security expertise and a…

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