"We don't need privateers."He was of course referring to the "private CIA" of Duane R. Clarridge, a man who left the CIA over twenty years ago to form his own private network of spies. I may appear schizophrenic here, but I almost agree with Mr. Allen. Almost. If he defines "privateer" as someone who skulks around on enemy territory in a black hat, essentially committing treason on foreign soil, then I agree with him. In my October 20th blog on privateer analytics, I pointed out that the body count (a 78% capture rate) was pretty daunting. There are two reasons I don't recommend putting actual bodies in harm's way:
- Getting foreign nationals (or even expats) to commit treason on foreign soil is just plain wrong. If you're a citizen of a country you'd better be a law-abiding citizen. "Give unto Caesar…" is the rule of the day.
- For an individual entity to put lives in jeopardy by having them sneak around in the dark is inconsistent with doing things in an open and above-board fashion. This is why I put "unambiguous notification" and the "right of parley" into my draft of The Cyber Privateer Code. This is a code of honor and of accountability, a code of integrity and justice.