Monday, May 15, 2006

What Is Most Effective?

Another reason I find the right totally without respect these days is their wacky one way theme. If you ask about the war on terra you will find it is George Bushs' way or no way. Many fail to see that there might possibly even BE another way to do it. If one disagrees then they are "soft on terra" or hate America or pre 9/11 or blahblah. Frankly I quit taking their guilt trip some time ago. It's gotten to the point that they are actually now in the way of moving America forward. The longer they conceal and obviscate rather than debate the less respect I have for them as contributors of anything worthwhile to the national dialogue.
That said, let's say the NSA stuff is totally legal and Constitutional. Just for hypothetical purposes mind you.
As most of you know I have asked this question on this and many other Bush moves........Is it the best way to use our resources, people and abilities? No one even dares question it. It's the Bush way, it's the One Way.

From Wired News

The promise of data mining is compelling, and convinces many. But it's wrong. We're not going to find terrorist plots through systems like this, and we're going to waste valuable resources chasing down false alarms. To understand why, we have to look at the economics of the system.
Security is always a trade-off, and for a system to be worthwhile, the advantages have to be greater than the disadvantages. A national security data-mining program is going to find some percentage of real attacks and some percentage of false alarms. If the benefits of finding and stopping those attacks outweigh the cost -- in money, liberties, etc. -- then the system is a good one. If not, you'd be better off spending that capital elsewhere.


He as I decided the capitol would be better spent elsewhere.

Finding terrorism plots is not a problem that lends itself to data mining. It's a needle-in-a-haystack problem, and throwing more hay on the pile doesn't make that problem any easier. We'd be far better off putting people in charge of investigating potential plots and letting them direct the computers, instead of putting the computers in charge and letting them decide who should be investigated.

If you are curious as to why he says this go look at the full story for the....full story.

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