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It's the Stazi mentality that enables the security apparatchiks to do things that morph into fundamentally irrational- even self-destructive.  The story of Phil Zimmerman and PGP is a good one to illustrate a pretty rational attempt to counter encryption that became positively insane.
I am endlessly amazed at the capacity of smart people who do and defend progressive or creative actions to assume that those who counter them have the brains of neanderthals.  

Capitalism searches out the darkest corners of human potential, and mainlines them.
by geezer in Paris (risico at wanadoo(flypoop)fr) on Thu Dec 23rd, 2010 at 12:24:04 PM EST
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