Originally Posted by Mookster
There's a place in society for mostly everyone, if you try hard enough to make that place. It's part of the philosophy behind freedom and integration; lots of material on that.
A certain amount of malevolence must be allowed; possibly even encouraged if there's danger of certain types of knowledge being lost. It goes for more than just hackers, but hackers are a good example because they're like your average criminal.. except we understand how talented they can be compared to us.
If the US can't produce as many reliable hackers as the next nation over, they stand at a disadvantage. And imagine how hard it is, in America, to produce savagely brilliant hackers? It must be hard, when the corporate world is willing to offer intelligent programmers the world on a silver platter.
If the military intelligence agencies were smart, they'd encourage kids to target corporations because the skill level required is very, very high. And because corporations can take it, and keep raising the bar. They'd be getting quality recruits whom they could blackmail, but in all reality probably wouldn't need to; I'm sure hacking other countries for the good of their motherland sounds like a dream to these kids.
It'd be silly for the US to throw any of the good ones in jail. Maybe the untalented ones, but definitely not the good ones.
So you are saying that you condone people to do such damage, What makes it right to say OK lets cost our society millions, that it is OK to make problems because it puts others to work, plus the fact that some group of screwball politicians will pass more laws to tighten this from happening with the fact that we can loose far more freedoms to the internet then we have.
Sure it sounds right to allow my kids to hack? No way.. In short the ones that posses the understanding and skills to do such things are not OK to destroy in the name of gain.
It is like saying shooting people just because they exist, that maybe the military could use you as a sniper. Like driving at high speeds and maybe the race car circuit will make you the top driver.
No if the agencies were smart they would pluck folks with you thinking and lobotomize you. You are suppose to work your way into a position legally. not by threats or felonies acts.
In the end I guess the wheel would have never been invented.