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  •  you deserve an award for that, and a reward too! (13+ / 0-)

    Traffic analysis (TA) is one of the most powerful  tools, but one of the least well-known to the public (until now!) in the SIGINT toolbox.  

    What you've just done, plus all of your volunteers, is phenomenal.  This marks a major turning point in the ability of grassroots organizations to develop information that can help bring criminals in high places to justice.  It is difficult to find words to express how critical a development this is.

    I'd like to propose that dKos establish a William F. Friedman Award* for grassroots SIGINT in the public interest, and that it include some kind of financial or other element to make concrete the recognition of the value of this to the community.  I'll pledge $100 toward it, which isn't much but it's what I can afford right now.  Anyone else?  

    This project of yours has set a new standard.  May there be many more to follow.


    *William F. Friedman led the team that broke the most secure Japanese military encryption system during WW2 (the "Purple" cipher), thereby facilitating the Allied victory in the Pacific.  While traffic analysis is not the same discipline as cryptanalysis, the spirit of the work is similar, and the results can be equally critical in contributing to a victorious conclusion to a conflict.  

    •  Sadly (4+ / 0-)
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      mataliandy, mayan, G2geek, drational

      he lost his security clearance after the war. Some say it was anti-Semitism.

      That is one million percent truth-n-fact, moonbat!

      by calipygian on Thu May 10, 2007 at 07:02:04 PM PDT

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      •  and Alan turing too... (4+ / 0-)
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        ...because he was gay, and the persecution he faced over that led ultimately to his suicide.

        But if anything, these tragedies and their subsequent recognition as such, underscore the great value of all of these individuals to the progress of human societies over time.

        Meanwhile, I think we have here the making of something that can continue onward and do much good.  Drational, I'm going to apply to join your crew for future projects.  Calipygian, I know you have relevant background, you should too.

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