Tuesday, March 29, 2016

John McAfee campaign focuses on cybersecurity

John McAfee: 'This is the year of the third party' - CNNPolitics.com - Eli Watkins:

March 23, 2016 - "Libertarian presidential candidate John McAfee ... supports a total overhaul of the nation's counter-terror apparatus, one that focuses on patterns within global communications and not individual conversations....

"He said Democrat Hillary Clinton's call for increased surveillance was outdated and dismissed a recent controversy over whether private companies should help the government break encryption on terrorist's phones as irrelevant.

"He also dismissed the reactions of Donald Trump, who called for torture of terror suspects, and Ted Cruz, who called for law enforcement to 'patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods.' McAfee said they, like the government, had 'missed the point' by focusing on monitoring individuals instead of foreign states with sophisticated cybersecurity systems.

"McAfee said his preferred system would detect terrorist plots before they can go into effect. 'If we had a coherent cybersecurity policy, we would've known about this the moment it was hatched,' McAfee said, advocating for what he called the Chinese approach to national security....

"McAfee originally launched his presidential bid under his own banner, as the nominee of the "Cyber Party," before declaring himself a Libertarian candidate in December. The Libertarian Party, he has pointed out, has ballot access in all 50 states. His Cyber Party did not....

 "McAfee said his more mainstream rivals like Clinton and Trump are not right to lead in the digital age and that 2016 is the year his party can break through. 'I believe this is the year of the third party,' he said....

"McAfee, who had few kind words for Trump, said the Republican front-runner's appeal came from populist anger with the government and the established political class. But he warned such anger came with serious risk.

"'An angry people cannot create anything that is not imbued with anger,' McAfee said. 'God, please let there be other options.'

"He stressed his own commitment to privacy and near-absolute personal freedom alongside his existential fear of cyberwar with China.

"'I know of no one in this country who does not believe we have had personal freedoms taken from us,' McAfee said.

"He criticized Transportation Security Administration checkpoints and the National Security Agency as examples of government overreach. 'I do not feel protected. I feel like the enemy,' McAfee said of airport security in a separate interview before the Brussels bombings.

"McAfee mocked both Trump and Clinton for a lack of technological bona fides and offered a grave assessment of the country's vulnerabilities to Chinese cyber-attacks.

"'I cannot conceive of how more than 1% of us could possibly survive a cyberwar,' McAfee said."

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