State Policy, “Intelligence” & The Embarrassment of Information Inflation
by B Wook
The rather ridiculous overdoing by the postmodern American NSA may be no more than a late-historical endtime curiosity, although acutely embarrassing. This sort of what I have come to call information inflation may in fact have its most utter roots in historical momentum, in this case of the dynamic laid down by an earlier & more-confident era.
In other words, processes begun in an earlier victorious period & THEN, in the light of that same victory undoubtedly ingenious, overcome above all historically the critical faculties & then, tragically, the truly creative side of the intelligence-mission — perhaps even that ever-changing remit of a series of later periods & indeed whole generations.
In the last analysis, then, it may not even be the uncritically pursued sheer vulgar “volume” of all this quondam “data” that is important:
For example, in 1942 — now over seventy years since — in the runup to the Battle of Midway, “[o]f the thousands of translated messages that indicated Japanese intentions of occupying Midway and trapping the United States fleet, less than a hundred have been found. It is, therefore, difficult to reconstruct (more…)