Why the Big Slurp doesn’t work

Danger Room on the government wanting to snoop on all Internet traffic.

Of more interest to observers of intelligence activities is the issue of quality vs. quantity and the slow creep towards doom that these efforts foretell. The fact that we are essentially attempting to gill-net bad guys is a fairly strong indicator that the intelligence community has yet to come up with an effective strategy against information-age threats.

This is precisely the same mistake the US made in when invading Vietnam and Iraq. They were sure the wars could be won from the air, no human contact needed. They couldn’t be. Nor can counter-intelligence be successful simply by slurping down massive amounts of data and neglecting to have people, lots of them, on the ground.