No, they have an easy-to-understand motive. So easy to understand, in fact, that it's in the name.
Their motive is to make you be afraid. To either abandon your freedoms and liberties in a quixotic attempt to prevent these rare and selective acts from happening (what the western world has done for the last 15 years) or to give in so as to make them stop.
The other way to combat it is to not capitulate, and ignore it. To not give in to Terror, like Sarah turning to Jarrod and saying "you have no power over me".
I'm a little older than you (as I noted above, I was at the 93 Warrington bombing) and as a scouser, remember all of them only too well, but since 03 have lived in the US. there's been a definite change. Up until Major, British politicians were all about projecting power and confidence (well, as much as Major could) and that particular 'stiff-upper-lip-ness' that's quintessentially British. Tony though, listened to his advisors (like Rupert Murdoch, and Mandy) and knew that 'fear sells', and that by providing the fear, AND promising to deal with it, you can stay in office easier. It's the American way of dealing with it.
And shortly after 9/11, my (American) wife came back to the US to visit family, and then I had a job of my own in the US. I flew in to SF on Halloween, while there was a 'terror warning' on the 4 bay area bridges. There I saw firsthand the utterly useless, but panic-driven 'response', as I daily dealt with 3 of those bridges - I was staying in Sausalito, and we were filming on Treasure Island (yes, the same one as in Little Brother. we'd take the Richmond bridge way in the morning, and Golden Gate at night because of traffic flow) - and noted the military vehicles EVERYWHERE. They left an abandoned 2-ton box truck on the Bay bridge for more htan 3 hours after me and my driver reported it to the unit on the TI bridge exit (we could see it from the studio, and had put a spotter there just 'in case' - we had a lot of ROV's and safety gear and wanted to be sure we could go radio dark if needed)
I've rambled a bit, but the end result is, it's more profitable for politicians to sow fear, and then the solution, than to tell them to 'keep calm and carry on'. Anyone can tell you that, while only these politicians can 'deal' with the issues they themselves are creating.
“We are still shaken by what hit us, but we never give up our values. Our answer is more democracy, more openness and more humanity, but never naivete.”
(and for what it's worth, I not only grew up in Liverpool during the IRA attacks of the 80s and 90s, I very narrowly escaped injury in the 93 Warrington Bombing, which the Boston bombing was nearly a carbon copy of 20 years [and one month] later. Terrorism actually means something to me personally, it's not an abstract as for most people
I got hit with a bunch of questions over this, because I work the EFForums track at Dragoncon, which uses the Marriott Marquis, Hyatt Regency, Hilton Atlanta, Westin and Sheraton in downtown Atlanta. 60,000+ attendees all after wifi. Even SMS failed half the time in 2013, but the cellphone companies brought in a whole bunch of extra capacity for this year.
We run our own hotspots (including a wall-o-sheep, sponsored by DC404; and one based on a rasperry pi. Plus a connection for the space track to run their late-night live astronomy in Chile) and not noticed any issues. You can bet we'll be on the lookout for any issues.
I know I had a conversation with Gigi (https://twitter.com/GigiBSohnFCC/status/497534413354586113) and David Bray (https://twitter.com/fcc_cio/status/511685826208874497) about my comments not showing up on the system. Even now, search for "Andrew Norton" and you won't find it under that proceeding (you have to know the confirmation number to find it the second time I submitted it)
I'm in the same boat. I understand the theory behind SSL just fine. I understand tech pretty damned well (I'm the lead researcher for TorrentFreak for a start, my main degree is in Robotics, and I even interned at ARM) But when it comes to trying to move my own site (and the Copyright trolls wiki) to https, I too gave up after a few hours reading.
Don't confuse inability on the 'how', with ignorance of the 'what' or 'why'. I know what it does, and why it does it, the problem is implementing it.
That's not a fault of ours. It's a fault of you, the 'expert'. So little thought is given to the 'how' that it becomes somewhat arcane knowledge. However, "you" (figuratively, not personally) didn't 'make' SSL with "us" in mind. It was created with the thought of only certain kinds of people will need it, and they'll have an expert handy to do it. So nothing was done on the process itself, because the feeling was that everyone that needed to do it, could.
It's the "I'm alright, Jack" philosophy again.
Doesn't matter how good something is, and how easy you find it to use now. If it's not easy (or at least not awkward) to use, then it won't be used. Look at Linux for example. Good powerful, stable OS, certainly. But it wasn't until the likes of Lindows/Linspire, and then Ubuntu (with a sprinkling of help from knoppix and other liveCD based distros allowing people to try before they commit) where the usability problem of Linux started to be addressed, that home/personal use started to increase.
Other hosting-related things have taken the hint. Part of what makes Wordpress so popular is their '5 minute installer' (which can be made even easier with the likes of Softaculous - took me 2 minutes to install two wordpress installs, and a mediawiki with that)
SSL is still incredibly user-unfriendly to implement.
The issue is that aliens are unlikely to use EM for extra-solar communication. It's too easily blocked by anything. Neutrinos are the answer. not really stopped by anything, and you need a substantial tech base to be able to detect them which makes you a more viable candidate for first contact.
[plug starting] and if you want to help us get to that point, you could take part in the only 2nd generation (evolutionary algorithm, rather than brute force) distributed computing program out there - Muon1, working on designing the best and most efficient neutrino generating accelerator with the RAL and Brookhaven National Labs.
Chambliss is out now though. He 'retired' (odds on a defense lobby job?) but instead there will be Crooked Sonny's cousin (Georgia politics is as bad as federal for dynasties)
It's odd though, I had EFF telling me 'support this bill', and Fight for the Future saying 'object to the bill because it doesn't go far enough'. Looks like FFTF got the same result as those that opposed AV+ in the UK because 'its not proportional representation' - we get nothing except a symbol that the status quo is ok.
But Saxby doesn't surprise me, he's been a big NSA supporter for years, and since he's now a lame duck, he could spout anything he wants.
Willful negligence exists. Intentional performance of an unreasonable act in disregard of a known risk, making it highly probable that harm will be caused. Willful negligence usually involves a conscious indifference to the consequences.
just because it's willful, doesn't stop it being negligence, just means you were negligent on purpose, which makes things worse.
Every time you see the phrase 'our national security', replace it with 'my job security'.
Thus the quote at the start of the piece goes from.
The DNI's interim report is now being made available to the public in line with our pledge to share as much information about sensitive intelligence activities as is possible, consistent with our national security.
The DNI's interim report is now being made available to the public in line with our pledge to share as much information about sensitive intelligence activities as is possible, consistent with my job security.