Finding A Trout In The Milk While The Elephant Takes Over The Room

On November 11, 1850, Henry David Thoreau wrote in his journal, “some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk.”  On January 7, 2014, Dan Goodin reported at the Ars Technica website that “NSA employee will continue to co-chair influential crypto standards group. Standards boss rejects claims that the appointment opens standards up to NSA sabotage.”  The Crypto Forum Research Group “provides cryptographic guidance to…working groups that develop standards for a variety of crucial technologies that run and help secure the Internet,” according to a December 20 post by Goodin.  It is easy to imagine why tech companies were not amused by this news, given that their sales pitches for security and privacy products are being pretty well messed up by all the revelations about back doors and weakening of encryption systems.  This latest story seemed to me to be too over the top for the NSA co-chair to keep his position, but apparently not.

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