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[liberationtech] The Future of Security Journalism

hellekin hellekin at gnu.org
Fri Jan 30 07:13:40 PST 2015


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On 01/30/2015 08:03 AM, coderman wrote:
> 
> your threat model is:
>  securing yourself and your sources against
>   nation state dragnet and targeted attacks,
>    including tailored access and special collection.
>
*** Unfortunately the problem goes further than that.

The recent murder of Charlie Hebdo staff generated a government frenzy
that triggered censorship at levels rarely attained in France.  People
get arrested for using sarcasm, and that is deemed "apology of
terrorism".  There are numerous instances of artwork, notably cinema or
literature that would now be considered "apology of terrorism" under
such criteria.  (in NYC, emojis showing a cop and two guns got a
teenager arrested for the same reason, and facing 7 years in jail.)

Recently, armed rebellion in Paraguay kidnapped two German people in an
attempt to draw attention to the situation there: the elected democracy
was overthrown in the general indifference by a CIA-sponsored coup two
years ago.  Since then, the country has been in the hands of US
corporations, CIA and FBI, and that has moved cocaine production towards
Argentina, although the industrial scale Marijuana production of
mediocre quality or the counterfeit industry were not affected,
interestingly.

Mentioning all this can now be considered "apology of terrorism".
Recently the power in Turkey was announcing the fall of Kobane, an
enclave of resistance to ISIS, which also happens to be organized
democratically without a centralized State, and supported by an
organization that is considered terrorist by the Turkish government.
Everywhere "the war on terrorism" is creating terrorists whenever
authoritarian governments and corporations need to crush the resistance
to their "progress".

The same powers that claim to be upholding the Rule of Law
systematically break it whenever they like in order to advance their
agenda, including using secret trade treaties to remove the barrier of
national law to private corporations, granting them the power to ignore,
influence, or destroy national law when they want to plunder a country.

To me it seems that the threat model is a bit harder than just securing
yourself and your sources against surveillance: corporate-states beyond
nation-states are--have been--removing self-determination of people and
deem it terrorism, and the freedoms, rights, and responsibilities of
individuals and communities around the world.  This situation is far
worse than anything we've seen before for its global scale and the
inevitability of running into its consequences.

In the light of this analysis, "security" is a bit understated and
vague, don't you think?

==
hk
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