airports – Waste of Money and Time

A short history of airport security: We screen for guns and bombs, so the terrorists use box cutters. We confiscate box cutters and corkscrews, so they put explosives in their sneakers. We screen footwear, so they try to use liquids. We confiscate liquids, so they put PETN bombs in their underwear. We roll out full-body scanners, even though they wouldn’t have caught the Underwear Bomber, so they put a bomb in a printer cartridge. We ban printer cartridges over 16 ounces — the level of magical thinking here is amazing — and they’re going to do something else.

Take all the money spent on new security measures and spend it on investigation and intelligence.
This is a stupid game, and we should stop playing it.

It’s not even a fair game. It’s not that the terrorist picks an attack and we pick a defense, and we see who wins. It’s that we pick a defense, and then the terrorists look at our defense and pick an attack designed to get around it. Our security measures only work if we happen to guess the plot correctly. If we get it wrong, we’ve wasted our money. This isn’t security; it’s security theater. …

read more from Bruce Schneier in the NY Times

Even if airport security did work, are you going to put in the same measures at every public space?

This photo released by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office shows Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Somalia and a resident of Corvallis, Oregon who has been arrested in connection with a plot to detonate a vehicle bomb at the Portland Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Pioneer Square in Downtown Portland, November 28, 2010. UPI/Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Photo via Newscom

Kudos to those who pulled the sting operation on Somali American Mohamed Osman Mohamud. That’s a much better expenditure of time and money than what’s being spent at airports.

Some claim he was entrapped. I don’t buy that.

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About Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.
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