Thoughts on 9/11, Ten Years Later

Thinking a lot about 9/11 today. What happened in NYC, Pennsylvania, and DC; who it touched, directly and indirectly; how we as a nation have responded to the events ten years ago; and how the world has changed since that day. What I know for sure is that the US has as its roots the greatest, most revolutionary idea in the history of man – that people can live together in peace under the rule of law and prosper with freedom for all, not just the few. I’m not sure we’ve always lived up to that creed in the last ten years, but I do know that every time events have called for us to step up, we have. I’m sure the future will hold more challenges, but those are for tomorrow. Today is for remembering the heroes that have fallen and the ones they left behind. Peace be upon us all…

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Complexities of Protecting Information

I love movies where a complex string of innocent circumstances finally draw together into a dramatic finale. Sometimes, life is like that too…

The German publication Speigel has an article about the series of unfortunate events (to borrow a phrase) that eventually resulted in the leaking of WikiLeaks’ trove of US diplomatic cables. Reading over it, it’s striking how each event was just one more step down the primrose path to destruction. For those of us not involved, it’s a dramatic example of how hard it is to avoid unintended consequences while trying to keep information safe and secure. For the unlucky few who are named in the cables, this is a much more dangerous development.