Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Nov 2010 22:34 UTC
In the News As none other I know how problematic it is to discuss matters related to politics on the web. However, every now and then, there's no way around it, and this is one of those moments. There's this thing going on at airports in the US, and while many will see it as a separate issue, the body scanner issue, and the sad stories it has spawned, are symptoms of a far larger problem that is a direct threat to everything we've fought for during and since the Enlightenment.
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Soulbender
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2005-08-18

So are you guys saying that the scanners don't do anything to improve security?


Hmmm...let me see. No. There are already scanners that works without being so invasive. This is what Bruce Schneier would call security theater and as opposed to the companies hawking their overprice products he knows what he's talking about. These technologies are not implemented because they help, they're implemented so somone can say "look, we're really doing something".
You know what helps security? Paying your security staff well, training them and making sure they're skilled and alert but that's not as cool and visible as some overly expensive space age technology that doesn't really help.

On a related note, I think it's f--king hilarious that the U.S are now implementing more invasive measures than what the good-ole USSR ever did.

Edited 2010-11-17 00:33 UTC

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