Back from Texas. Ann Arbor house still not done. This week? I hope so. It had best be on the market soon; by then end of next week, it'll be six-feet deep in snow drifts. Such are the winters in Ann Arbor. Well, almost.
Greeting me in today's news, courtesy of Computer World was a report from the U.S. Army's 304th Military Intelligence Battalion, posted on the Federation of American Scientists website. The Inteli-types see Twitter, and similar microblogging services, as severe security threats. Terrorists, you know. They're everywhere.
The most prominent example provided was that of a non-violent protest of the Republican National Convention earlier this fall, "Activist Use of Twitter for Law Enforcement Counter
Surveillance and Movement Coordination at the most recent Republican National Convention (RNc)". Terrorists, you know. They're everywhere.
As of today, a PDF of the public bits of the report ("FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY") can be found here. Have a read. It's a hoot.
Anybody want to bet that there's already dynamite placed at the entrance to Twitter Tunnel and Blogging Bridge? When the Balloon Goes Up, don't count on public communications services. My advice: for a time, walkie-talkie-like devices should still work. Buy some, and buy a solar battery charger, too.