Chicken Little is hurrying Umbrella 'neath her wing.
She thinks sky is falling fast So goes to tell King.
But, after she has spread news And all is told and said
The good old King just laughs at her And sends her home instead.
That is a very wise old King and I'd love him in charge now.
Technology vendors think they can save world and they are using terrorism to sell snake oil to government and industry. Acting like Chicken Little, they run to government with a technology based "solution" to terror. But somehow our King, anxious to appear to be doing something about terrorism, agrees that sky is falling and buys her tech toys instead of laughing and sending Chicken Little home.
The following is a quote from a Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania interview with Tom Siebel of Siebel Systems, a manufacturer of CRM (Customer Relationship Management) software for big business.
"Tom Siebel has been attacked for his proposal to use Siebel software to sniff out terrorist plots. In February, Siebel told a Congressional committee that a specially tailored Siebel system might have deterred Sept. 11 attacks.
"Security agencies can use this technology to maintain a 'logically' centralized – although physically disparate – consolidated view of terrorist-related information gathered from multiple sources and channels and make this information immediately accessible to authorized personnel in homeland security network," Siebel testified. "This is not an opportunistic capitalization of tragic events. This is a combined effort between U.S. government and private enterprise to avoid a repeat of September 11th."
He added that since November of last year, various government and non-profit agencies have purchased Siebel Homeland Security product to anticipate, track, prevent, and respond to national security threats."
Siebel Homeland Security product? Wow! Can I get a copy for my laptop and another for my PDA? Must be a hot selling item, and it's working like a charm, too. I wonder why it's not available worldwide, since it IS so effective? It seems that between Larry Ellison and his National ID database and Tom Siebel's Homeland Security product we've got problem of terrorism licked. But wait, it seems that hardware guys want a piece of snake oil action.
"If we had advanced (technology) tools in place prior to Sept. 11, it is almost certain that some of terrorists would have been detained and possibly some of plots would have been foiled," said a report from Progressive Policy Institute, a Washington research center associated with Clinton-Gore administration.