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NSA's Spy Center

NSA Spy Center
Photo: Name withheld: Digital Manipulation: Jesse Lenz

Is the NSA's Bluffdale, Utah facility evil?  If so, does that mean the people who planned it, are involved with building it and who use the technologies for the purpose it was built also evil? 

History is filled with accounts of good people who turn evil.  In his book "Understanding How Good People Turn Evil" (Random House, 2007), Philip Zimbardo summarizes more than 30 years of research on factors that can create a "perfect storm" which leads good people to engage in evil actions.  He calls this transformation the Lucifer Effect.

His now-classic study conducted in 1971, found good people who were randomly assigned to play the role of guard or inmate for two weeks in a simulated prison, became so brutal that the experiment had to be shut down after only six days.  In only a few days, the guards became sadistic and prisoners became depressed and showed signs of extreme stress.

The Stanford Prison Experiment shows what happens when you put good people in an evil place. Does humanity win over evil, or does evil triumph?  What does this
tell us about the 1.5 million square foot facility that will be used for spying.  Will the leaders of this nation and others for example those who's livelihood depends on following orders, show the same turn toward evil nature as the guards?  In other words, will they think they are doing the right thing because their superiors told them to do it?

Without serious thought to what it means for our Constitution and freedoms as Americans, will America's citizens have limited power to prevent such an intrusion of their rights?  Are we in effect becoming prisoners to the advancements of technology?

For many years, companies have struggle with controlling the technologies they use.   This is why there are standards such as PCI DSS, ISO 270001 and ITIL.  Gaps and gaping holes in protection measures exist everywhere.  The technology is always changing and laws, policies and processes lag behind.  This is one of the reasons why Simple Secure IT exists.  If its too complicated, perhaps its not the right approach.  If you know you will have difficultly controlling it, then isn't it wise to take a more simple and secure approach?

As technologies continue to cause companies and our Country concern, costing us more and more to control, should we as a nation be careful when embarking on a grander plans such as the NSA's facility.  Does anyone really think the NSA will be able to control information without directly or indirectly compromising our rights to privacy as Americans?

Working in the government sector for over two decades both in the military and as a defense contractor has proven to me there are good (great) people running and working in government.  But, when people at the top are misguided or corrupt (politicians) and those below them (voters) follow without question (main stream media today), the perfect storm begins to form.

When people are not willing to speak truth to power for fear of losing their livelihood especially when Hollywood (see Jerry McGuire) tells you that is exactly what will happen, or are not willing to act (vote), will our great nation move closer towards this next perfect storm?  You can be assured that when using Simple Secure IT services, honesty, courage, commitment are not just words but a way of life.  What is right will be done no matter the risks. In other words, Simple Secure IT will help you and your business avoid the perfect storm and together not succumb to the Lucifer Effect.