you think people were more serious about keeping a lid on information before 9/11 ? because i remember that being one of the key problems cited, a lack of sharing. if so, you've got to consider how much it's going to gum up the works when you start putting people before firing squads.Yes. I think the lack of fear of punishment plays a significant role in these cases. If these guys put any thought into their crime before committing it, they may have had this thought:
'If I get caught leaving the room with this flash drive full of classified documents and I don't get a good lawyer and have a sympathetic jury, I may go to jail for a while.'
But they probably didn't have this thought:
'If I get caught leaving the room with this flash drive full of classified documents, they'll probably shoot me tomorrow.'
The second has a significantly higher deterrent value than the first. Once upon a time, the second was a reality, but it isn't today. I'll repeat my rephrain: society does not take security seriously anymore.
if you're serious about this, you'll need to actually spend the money on physical security. Manning should never have been able to walk out with documents that were readable with any off-the-shelf technology. and if it's not worth investing in appropriate security, then it's probably not worth shooting anyone over.