Damn… they’re on to me…
The government concluded its “Cyber Storm” wargame Friday, its biggest-ever exercise to test how it would respond to devastating attacks over the Internet from anti-globalization activists, underground hackers and bloggers.
Participants confirmed parts of the worldwide simulation challenged government officials and industry executives to respond to deliberate misinformation campaigns and activist calls by Internet bloggers, online diarists whose “Web logs” include political rantings and musings about current events.
And we all know what we do with terrorists, don’t we? We hunt them down and kill them.
On the one hand, it’s kind of amusing that the Department of Homeland Security is actually conducting wargames to test its response to attacks from terrorist bloggers. Next thing you know, they’ll be banning the dangerous use of sharp wit and cutting irony.
On the other hand, I find it personally disturbing.
Let’s put this in perspective. In congressional testimony, a top Homeland Security official has already blamed me for disrupting his department’s ability to respond in a crisis:
In the middle of trying to respond to [Hurricane Katrina], FEMA’s press office became bombarded with requests to respond immediately to false statements about my resume and my background.
Ironically, it started with an organization called Horsesass.org, that on some blog published a false, and, frankly, in my opinion, defamatory statement that the media just continued to repeat over and over. […] It came at the wrong time. And I think it led potentially to me being pulled out of Louisiana because it made me somewhat ineffective.
I suppose when Homeland Security prepares to respond to “deliberate misinformation campaigns,” this incident probably comes to mind… regardless of the fact that nothing I wrote was actually false or defamatory.
So what happens the next time a blogger like me posts critical information about FEMA or other Homeland Defense officials in the midst of crisis? Do they shut down the blog? Do they arrest us?
I just hope they show me the same kind of mercy they showed the bin Laden family in the immediate wake of 9/11.