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No terror in DoS e-mail attack

    In response to the November 13 Perspectives column by Jay Whitehead, "Why IT will love Homeland Security":

    You wrote:

    "But it takes only one experience with the terror and frustration of a denial-of-service e-mail attack on your business computers to flush away any concerns about creating Big Brother."

    The terror of a DoS e-mail attack?

    When people talk about creating a police state to protect us from real physical terrorism that kills real physical people, I can at least understand where they are coming from. I may disagree with their means, but I can't fault their (nominal) motives.

    To compare a DoS attack on an e-mail server to mass murder--even obliquely--is reprehensible. Using such an absurd comparison to justify ignoring the issues involved in Homeland Security is wrong on so many levels that I can't even analyze it.

    Whether Homeland Security will result in a police state is beside the point; no e-mail message I have ever received was so important that I'd "flush away any concerns about creating Big Brother" just to make sure that e-mail arrived on time. But perhaps your e-mail is more important than mine.

    It would be one thing to trade away your civil liberties for protection from DoS attacks. "Flush away any concerns" suggests that you would sign the check without even reading it. I'd like to think that this was just a singularly poor choice of phrasing.

    Ben Steele
    Port Ludlow, Wash.