Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Tragedy in West Virginia

According to current versions of events, command center communications were intercepted and misinterpreted, leading families to believe their loved ones were still alive after all these hours in the mine -- only one was. Friends and families were put on a terrible rollercoaster, going from cautious hope, to elation, to devastation.

In retrospect, I see more encryption should have been used, to insulate people from the raw intelligence. You need a layer of interpretation and analysis in between. The doctor comes out and explains the situation. More details will be available later, to the most curious with a need to know.

Update: according to the CBS Evening News tonight, the rescue team did use code.