Senators To Terrorists: Please Keep Your Communications More Private
from the getting-it-backwards dept
There’s a simple rule of thumb we like to use to figure out if a certain technology could be used by terrorists: if it can be used by people and business it can be used by terrorists. This means, of course, that every technology ever invented could theoretically be used by terrorists. Of course, that hasn’t stopped politicians from vilifying certain ones as being particularly conducive to terrorism, because at some point they happen to be used in the process of putting together a terrorist plot. It’s not particularly new, but once again, Senators are warning that the internet is becoming a haven for terrorists and that something must be done about the problem. The Senators are right that terrorists, like everyone else, are using the internet, but is this really such a bad thing? Wouldn’t it be preferable for terrorists to communicate over the internet, where they can be hacked, as opposed to harder-to-track communication networks? If anything, the problem is the opposite, that not enough terrorists are making their intentions known online, which makes the intelligence community’s job that much harder. The same goes for worries that terrorists are taking advantage of new digital money technologies to fund their operations and move around the assets. Again, they probably are, but would it be preferable if they used cash, which is virtually impossible to track? Of course, if terrorists stop using the internet, then the pen and paper industries better watch out for politicians’ scorn.