I know I’ve posted about Bruce
Schneier’s CryptoGram newsletter before…but it’s just so good. Here’s another
great article about what’s wrong with the color-coded threat levels (Yellow,
Orange, etc.) that the US Government has been using. To sum up: they’re worthless.
Much as I would like to blame this on President Bush, I’m not going to. His
approval ratings and the tiny amount of public outcry over the massive sell-off of
personal liberties for the (mostly false) perception of increased security point out
that things like this are a consequence of a society-wide fear, not the actions of
one man or one administration.
As usual, the only real antidote to fear is education, in this case about what security
really means. In other words, if you haven’t already signed up for Crypto-Gram,