With enough isolation and security, it’s possible to protect most systems from outside attack. Concerted efforts may overwhelm the system temporarily, and every point of ingress adds vulnerability, but in most instances these issues are solvable. They’re the kind of problem that keeps security and protocol experts in business. Every day, companies from Amazon to Zipcar deal with these issues, and live.
However, protecting a system against an internal threat is much more difficult. Not only do those on the inside have much better access, they also know the rules, know the bottlenecks, know how to exploit weak points to cripple functionality much more effectively than any outside entity. It’s this access and understanding that makes the most trivial internal mole much more frightening to intelligence agencies than the greatest super-spy batting for the other team. It’s what makes betting against your own team the greatest sin in sports. It’s the sort of attack that can permanently damage a system to the point where recovery is difficult or impossible.
It’s what is crippling our nation.
As you watch the same handful of politicians trot between the same round of Sunday morning talk shows, you’ll hear the same mythology put forward again and again: our government is sadly hindered—broken—by intractable issues and rising incivility. Left and right, simple intransigence (if not incompetence) is standing in the way of progress. It’s the common refrain, repeated daily, the assumption against which all stories about our current government are framed.
It’s also completely wrong. The United States is not the victim of a left-right tussle over priorities. It’s not being torn by clashing ideologies.
It’s not a problem; it’s a strategy. It’s not an accident; it’s sabotage. 2013 Republicans are the 1919 Black Sox of politics, and the fix is in.
Read the evidence below the fold.