Prof. John Schindler “doesn’t know” why key people at TorProject aren’t brought up on terrorism charges

Last night on twitter:

I find this an odd response. When security professionals treat the word “terrorism” in a flippant manner, it devalues the seriousness of the word (which normally should evoke visions of car bombs in Times Square).

This is not the best PR for the security profession if they want to impress congress and grab more money.

Attaching the word to a publicly funded project run by a group of rather clever computer geeks evokes an image as far away from the Times Square car bomb as it is possible to get. Which scenario is more likely to screw more money out of congress: combating computer geeks or combating car bombs?

Security Professionals should smarten up and at least try to act as though they are serious minded individuals concerned with the “real” threats.

John R. Schindler: Professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College.

The Tor Project: sponsored by the Naval Research Laboratory from 2006 to 2010.

(Currently sponsored by the US Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor from 2013 to 2015.)