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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Guns where successfully detected previous to the full body scanners and a properly executed investigative work would put those scanners to shame in finding real threats. The scanners are not increasing safety any more than previous to the scanners being implemented. They are the very definition of security theater; a thing put in place to appear safer without any real increase in safety. The worst part is that they are not going to stop the next attack; they only add an extra planning step *if* the attackers choose board through the normal method.

Flying is still safer than crossing the street; just as it was previous to all this TSA madness.

I wish I had the URL handy. Mr. Shneier does a great writeup on why the next terrorist attack will not be through airports or with planes. I did find these entries to get you started though:

That second one discusses some pretty clear evidence that the US has done as much as it can to insure that past terrorist attacks continue to be successful.

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