i have never worked for a large corporation, the government, or the military, anything that could be considered an ‘institution’. the biggest company i ever worked for was a plant rental company that had four offices in the bay area. come to think of it that was probably a front for some form of corporate espionage, delivering “potted plants” to various office buildings, which could have had entire spy systems woven into the rootsystem, but i digress.
what got me to thinking about this is that on this morning’s news, they were talking about enron’s memos with project codenames like ‘death star’ and ‘get shorty’. i’ve never worked for a company that had projects or codenames. it just sounds so… megalomaniacal. like some evil overlord agency out of a superhero comic book. remember microsoft’s ‘hailstorm’, which was the secret codename for their evil world domination scheme now knows as passport? and the military right now is running an ‘operation snipehunt’. yeah, these codenames sure do inspire confidence.
you know, if they’re trying to have some secrecy, it seems to me that giving something a codename would be bad. once the ‘enemy’ found out the name, it would make all intercepted communications about it much easier to trace. to me, if you’re up to something secret, it would be smarter to refer to it as ‘you know, that thing we talked about’, giving a nudge and a nod to indicate that the conversation should be continued somewhere private.
somewhere without plants.