They sometimes call national security the third rail of politics. Touch it and, politically, you’re dead.
The cliché doesn’t seem far off the mark after reading Mark Klein’s new book, “Wiring up the Big Brother Machine … and Fighting It.” It’s an account of his experiences as the whistleblower who exposed a secret room at a Folsom Street facility in San Francisco that was apparently used to monitor the Internet communications of ordinary Americans.
Read the Robert McMillan of IDG News Services interview with Mark Klein. The interview includes some interesting discussion of the media’s response when Klein tried to get the story out, and I can see that I need to add Klein’s book to my summer reading list.