Sunday, September 21, 2008


Apparently, there's a data encryption package called "Mujahideen Secrets 2" out there, used by Al Qaeda. That's a bit more than I wanted to know, but it gives one insight into the terrorist mindset — they're isolated and pig-ignorant by choice, and paranoid as heck.

Considering what's available just by searching Google, you wonder why they'd bother trying to roll their own. Maybe Al Qaeda hasn't got their heads around the concept of "open source"...? Or is it something as simple as the language barrier? They can't read the technical literature?

If we can't find the human resources (and gays need not apply) to translate Arabic, Urdu or Farsi into English, imagine the language difficulties Al Qaeda's got! Traditionally, when we've got someone on our side who's fluent in Chinese, say, and who happens to be Chinese, the first assumption made by "Intelligence" is that our translator may be more than sympathetic to China. If you demonize your enemy, anyone who's enough like your demons to think like your demons, is half a demon. It's got to be ten times worse for religious fanatics.

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