You are already living in a ‘free-range prison’

Sunday, August 16, 2015
By Paul Martin

by: J. D. Heyes
Sunday, August 16, 2015

“I can build you a perfectly safe city, but it will look like a prison.”

Who said that?

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh (pronounced “Jay”) Johnson recently, following the “failures” of computers at the New York Stock Exchange, United Airlines and The Wall Street Journal. Of course, those events – which occurred nearly simultaneously – have since been seen as likely cyber attacks.

But Johnson wasn’t finished. Speaking at the Center for Security and International Studies, he also said this:

Cybersecurity involves striking a balance. I can build you a perfectly secure email system but your contact will be limited to about ten people and you would be disconnected entirely from the Internet and the outside world.

That sounds an awful lot like life in some sort of prison, doesn’t it? Limited contact with the outside world, walls, guards, rules.

Few Americans would care much for that kind of life. And yet, while most of us don’t actually live inside a prison, we are nonetheless in a sort of “free-range prison,” as this report notes.

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