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 the precise relationship between Comint and specific decisions and actions taken by Admiral Nimitz and others. However, enough evidence does exist to demonstrate convincingly that, thanks to Comint, Admiral Nimitz knew well in advance what the Japanese were planning and, as a result, he was able to turn the tables and, like a typical American western movie, ambush the enemy’s ambush.” *
Two questions thus arise:
1) Why were apparently the much of the decrypts “lost”?
& ad seriatum:
2) Do lacunae of this sort in History & in turn thus further delude today’s “specialists” in a frenzy for “much” [lots of, ie — ed] as objectively opposed to critical (NB) information?
Success in History very often has these generational consequences of an altogether less worthwhile sort; thus, the victory of USN intelligence at Midway in June of 1942, for instance & now two generations ago (!), may have gone far to have egged-on our own pampered generation’s far less-competent halfwits in the ingermane absurd fumblings after the rather stylish “mad Mohammedans” of today!
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[23 December 2013]