05 September 2008

Bruce Schneier Insights into Security

Bruce Schneier wrote this insighful op-ed piece A fetishistic approach to security is a perverse way to keep us safe inThe Guardian: We spend far more effort defending our countries against specific movie-plot threats, rather than the real, broad threats. In the US during the months after the 9/11 attacks, we feared terrorists with scuba gear, terrorists with crop dusters and terrorists contaminating our milk supply. Both the UK and the US fear terrorists with small bottles of liquid. Our imaginations run wild with vivid specific threats. Before long, we're envisioning an entire movie plot, without Bruce Willis saving the day. And we're scared.....

Nothing I can say will add much to this. Go read the original. It is worth it.

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