September 2004

I’ve realized recently that I have no real idea of what’s happening in Iraq. On the one hand, we have bubbly optimists like Chrenkoff. On the other, people like Wall St Journal reporter Farnaz Fassihi, whose email is getting wide circulation. The Iraqi bloggers I read (generally) sound more optimistic than despairing, which is good.…

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It’s always good to see our best resources being applied to the most important things in society, like voting. The “independant” validation, paid for by the software creators, is closed to the public. But when the Nevada Gaming Commission gets into the act, it seems they know a scam when they see one. (Disclaimer: I…

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Bob Morris maps hurricanes Ivan, Charley, and Frances against voter maps. (No mention of Jeanne, which seems to have taken the same path as Frances. Enquiring minds want to know, is this that Bob Morris?

Read More A message from God?

I’m speaking at the Atlanta Chapter of the High Tech Crime Investigative association, October 11th, on a “Privacy Industry View of Reducing Cybercrime.” This is an extended version of Zero-Knowledge’s talk we gave to law enforcement. I’m speaking at the Inaugural Security Leadership conference, in Arlington, Texas on the 19th, on “Beyond Penetrate, Patch and…

Read More Travel, Speaking Plans in October

Ed Felten has a great post over at Freedom To Tinker about Rather-Gate: In the recent hooha about CBS and the forged National Guard memos, one important issue has somehow been overlooked — the impact of the memo discussion on future forgery. There can be no doubt that all the talk about proportional typefaces, superscripts,…

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Abdul Hadi al-Khawaja is being detained for 45 days over charges of inciting hatred against the [Bahrain] regime. His Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) ignored warnings it had contravened association laws, a government statement said. The centre had protested at the arrest, saying Mr Khawaja was just “practising his basic rights, namely free speech”.…

Read More Cultural Imperialism At Its Best

More than 120,000 hours of potentially valuable terrorism-related recordings have not yet been translated by linguists at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and computer problems may have led the bureau to systematically erase some Qaeda recordings, according to a declassified summary of a Justice Department investigation that was released on Monday. The problems, unsurprisingly, are…

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I’ve just finished the 9/11 commission’s report. (Or use the Pdfhack version, a fine example of what can be done in the absence of copyrights.) One of the things that stands out for me is the stark contrast between the history and the recommendations. The history is excellent. The recommendations, less so. My largest critique…

Read More The Two 9/11 Commisson Reports