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DoD Paper Proposes National Security Through a Culture of Restraint (and Stigma) 310

decora writes "An SAIC analyst has written a paper [PDF] calling for the 'stigmatization' of the 'unattractive' types who tend to discuss government secrets in public. The plan, described in the Naval Postgraduate School Homeland Security Affairs journal, is to promote self-censorship as a 'civic duty'. Who needs to censor themselves? Amateur enthusiasts who describe satellite orbits, scientists who describe threats to the food supply, graduate students mapping the internet, the Government Accountability Office, which publishes failure reports on the TSA, the US Geologic Survey, which publishes surface water information, newspapers (the New York Times), TV shows, journalism websites, anti-secrecy websites, and even security author Bruce Schneier, to name a few."
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DoD Paper Proposes National Security Through a Culture of Restraint (and Stigma)

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  • Re:Troll Article (Score:4, Informative)

    by Daniel Dvorkin ( 106857 ) on Friday May 27, 2011 @08:40PM (#36269394) Homepage Journal

    SAIC is not exactly your typical private company. Like many such contracting companies, it's essentially a quasi-private arm of the US government, and it's deeply tied in with (among other things) the intelligence community. We should take this paper just as seriously as if, say, a CIA analyst had written it.

  • Re:tags (Score:5, Informative)

    by hawguy ( 1600213 ) on Friday May 27, 2011 @10:27PM (#36270192)

    I got the feeling this was more along the lines of not talking about ship movements and stuff... The summary is a little extreme.

    Did you read the paper (it's not hard, the link is right up there in the summary)? They specifically mentioned the "leaks" referred to in the summary. At least the ones I checked (GAO TSA report, Satellite orbit info, food supply threats).

    If those aren't the kind of leaks they are talking about, then why do they mention them specifically?

  • Re:road to fascism? (Score:2, Informative)

    by BlueStrat ( 756137 ) on Friday May 27, 2011 @11:29PM (#36270510)

    Really? Look at it this way: when Germany turned fascist and cheered Hitler, people abroad saw what was happening, and everyone said "Why don't they see where this is going, why won't anyone there stand up and stop it?!".

    During the early years of the rise of German National Socialism and Italian Fascism, both governments were widely admired in the US, with a quite large number of US Nazis who were cheered as they held parades, published newsletters, and organized.

    They even had a number of large military-style camps. They were widely admired among the Liberal/Progressive "intelligentsia" of the day, as was Il Duce and his fascist Italy.

    Unfortunately, nothing much has changed, as current-day US Liberals/Progressives still push for large, powerful, intrusive central government with a top-down, vertical command-&-control view of governance. Even bigotry against Jews has again started to regain popularity among Liberal/Progressives and many of their various organizations like Code Pink.

    Same as it ever was, same as it ever was...

    Hunger for power & control, with no compunctions against genocide as a political tool.

    Taking root *again* right here in the US where, after cleaning up places like Auschwitz, we said as a People; "Never again!".

    Will we ever learn?


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