US tries to cover up anti-terror software widget fraud

Posted in Permanent Fail, War On Terror at 9:40 am by George Smith

It’s been my take that the US government, as well as the military, can be very gullible when it comes to the claims of terror-sniffing capabilities from the private sector.

A recent story in the New York Times is a case in point.

It reads:

For eight years, government officials turned to Dennis Montgomery, a California computer programmer, for eye-popping technology that he said could catch terrorists. Now, federal officials want nothing to do with him and are going to extraordinary lengths to ensure that his dealings with Washington stay secret.

Read the story. And you’ll find the claims made by the developer are frankly unbelievable. More unbelievable is that anyone accepted them, even to the point of the Bush administration going on alert and canceling international flights because of warnings, by this man, on non-existent plots.

It’s humiliating, confidence-breaking stuff and it’s obvious why all parties involved want to keep it a secret.

There has always been a paranoia associated with Arab news agencies. But the news that US authorities thought al Jazeera was hiding terror messaging in its crawl bar, messaging so cleverly hidden only this man and his vaporware software could see it is crushing.

It also illustrates an absolute lack of critical thinking coupled with a child-like belief in magical solutions.

Also revealed — the fact that once you get into the inner circles of anti-terror contracting, you seem to be able to get away with telling people just about anything, even in the complete absence of persuasive evidence. Other than some made-up dog-and-pony show.

The New York Times story is here.

Hat tip to Secrecy blog for linking it.

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