Koko Signs: Secrecy–when it is pervasive–cannot be micro-managed. As governments decline in legitimacy, and personal technologies become more pervasive than the instruments of secrecy, a tipping point is reached. We’re there.
A remarkable YouTube video shows how hard it is to maintain control in a wired world.
Maj. Gen. Jin Yinan of the People’s Liberation Army, in what he apparently thought was an internal briefing, revealed half a dozen cases of Chinese officials who had spied for Britain, the United States and other countries. Somehow, the video of his sensational disclosures leaked out. Clips of his hours-long talk appeared on at least two Chinese websites, Youku.com and Tudou.com, but were quickly removed by government censors.
Phi Beta Iota: Colin Gray teaches us in Modern Strategy that time is the one thing that cannot be purchased nor replaced. The USA has blown a quarter century in its continuing corrupt quest for secrecy and its exploitation of secrecy and other information pathologies to further programs that are neither needed nor affordable. America, like China, is at a tipping point. The ability of the few to impose secrecy against the interests of the many is now done–expanding the Open Source revolution must be our highest priority, to include a year of paid retraining for every person now unemployed and every contractor about to become unemployed.