Chicken Little is hurrying
Umbrella ‘neath her wing.
She thinks the sky is falling fast
So goes to tell the King.
after she has spread the 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 the 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 the 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 the 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 the homeland security network,” Siebel testified. “This
is not an opportunistic capitalization of tragic events.
This is a combined effort between the 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 the
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 the
problem of terrorism licked. But wait, it seems that the
hardware guys want a piece of the snake oil action.
“If we had advanced (technology) tools in place prior to
Sept. 11, it is almost certain that some of the terrorists
would have been detained and possibly some of the plots
would have been foiled,” said a report from Progressive
Policy Institute, a Washington research center associated
with the Clinton-Gore administration. conservatories bridgend