There should be a niche for someone with good reputation to set up a paid research paper peer-reviewing service, affixing their stamp of approval to approved papers, and then just putting the approved papers in arXiv.
When ISPs want to say how many NSLs they have received each year, they can't because releasing this information would help the terrorists. When Dianne Feinstein wants to say how many times searches have been run in the last year, why go right ahead, Senator!
"...this is wrong not just in the sense of being unethical, but illegal, too"
How about dangerous? How does the manufacturer know their chips aren't being used in medical devices or safety equipment? What about mission critical applications? it's not just unethical, it's negligent.