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Friday, December 30, 2005

Downloading dollars

The comfort grift, that rancid dodge played on a soft public hungry for security in a violent world, was so easy for them. Did that mean that every gesture in the war on terror had to be empty? Some things would have been easier to do than swallowing a pretzel. But we all know how hard that can be.

Keep in mind, we're not just talking about al Qaeda's hackers, or insurgents in Iraq playing open-source warfare against our troops. Cybercrime isn't limited to the evilest doers. It's a growing scourge on an increasingly digitized society, attracting low-level scum and rank criminals too. It's not altogether surprising, knowing how the Bush Administration operates, that there was a cut in the Department of Homeland Security's 2005 research budget for cybersecurity of 7 percent.

No, the disturbing thing is this budget is $16 million total. That's right: million. Not billion. Million. Who can still feel cozy in this Potemkin-thick fort of Dubya-brand security?

Consider that even the numbskulls at Fox News had the sense to acknowledge last month that cyber crime is potentially, if not actually, more profitable than drug trafficking. The average taxpaying family in this country is far more concerned about someone electronically pilfering their assets, and their bedroom privacy, than whether Pablo Escobar's nephew is turning tricks in Miami. Now consider the staggering amount spent fighting the war on drugs.

While Bush is driving us to hell in a Humvee, it's not at all refreshing to know that Democrats are nowhere. They bitch that no one notices their security bona fides and claw their hair out when the public still gives the security nod rightward. How about actually crafting a security policy that makes sense to people where they live? Believe CHB, they're receptive.

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