Just as I posted:
The news came in:
DEF CON Cancellation: An Open Letter
I know there has been concerning news about the NSA overstepping its bounds regarding data collection and the US government’s lack of action. I have worked closely with many government officials. What may appear as an erosion of our constitutional rights, are actually programs critically important to the safety of our country. Without the NSA data gathering programs, there would have already been a “Cyber 9/11”. Unfortunately, I can’t reveal the details to support this statement but, knowing my honestly and character, you’ll have to take me at my word. There are others in the security community that have access to the same information. While they may be reluctant to discuss the issue, as they may be under threat of imprisonment, they know this is true. I wish I could expound more.
Some privacy zealots will say, in the olden days, you could just “go out behind the barn” to have a private conversation. Of course, that was never true. Jimmy was always up in the loft listening. Mabel, the operator, was always listening on the phone line. We never had privacy. These people have built their unobtainable privacy demands based on falsisms and self delusion. The world never functioned this way and it won’t in the future. Only in the last few decades has privacy become an issue. Coincidence? Did DEF CON expose privacy issues or did DEF CON cause and perpetuate privacy hysteria? Certainly we need to prosecute credit card and identity theft but your daily activities, the people you associate with and your conversations should not be assumed private. If you tell one person something, it isn’t private anymore. That’s obvious.
“If you have nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to fear”. That’s a much derided quote but, honestly, you know it is true. You’re parents and grandparents knew it was true. This is a, Christan-based, truism that is fundamental to our society. Those who criticize are looking to hide their crimes, plan on committing crimes or romantically think, some day, they’ll do something daring and rebellious. You know when you’ve done something wrong. It is better not to do it in the first place or just come clean if you have. This is how people live real life. You should live it that way on-line.