2010-04-28

Spy Museum opens FUD exhibit

It is really bothersome to see a museum as popular and, until recently, esteemed as the Spy Museum open an exhibit pandering to fear. In the two-sentence description, a "cyber attack" is compared to Pearl Harbor, immediately discrediting anything that might be contained therein. Disturbingly, this analogy is made by Richard Clarke, someone with serious pull in matters of national policy. Such ludicrous hyperbole may make the museum some serious coin, but it sets back understanding of real-life CNA and CNE issues, the balance between them, and their practical use in modern society and warfare. The result will be misplaced priorities by decision-makers for whom these visitors vote, poorly-invested research and defense dollars, and if left unchecked, economic, military, and intelligence disadvantages on the world stage. Like the CNN-broadcast "Cyber Shockwave," the only thing missing from this exhibit is an F-35, Bruce Willis, and the "I'm a Mac" guy.

An exhibit headline, visible on the museum's website, reads "If cyber spies break America's security codes, could power lines turn into battle lines?" A better question is "who is the curator, a 16-year-old World-of-Warcraft gamer?" On second thought, even a pizza-faced teen would probably know this doesn't make one bit of sense.

Update
A description of the phear. Sadly, it's recommended as something to do. And believe.
It’s a frightening thought—and an exhibit that, for better or worse, is designed to imbue its viewers with the reality of that fear as well as educate them. This is the kind of thinking that led to an extra gift, tucked into the Spy Museum’s Field Guide to Asymmetrical Warfare and passed out at the reception: a flash drive.

(Emphasis my own)

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