Thursday, October 11, 2007

Terrorists and Wile E. Coyote

Although this article was posted some time ago, I wanted to pass it on. In some ways, the fear of terrorism is even worse than terrorism itself. Our enemies want us to have our freedoms restricted and to live in fear. When we let our fear of terrorism overwhelm us, we "gladly" give up our liberties in exchange for "protection". Security is something we need to work on, but we need to have the security measures be things that actually protect us and not just give the government more power.

Typically, people who write articles about this come at it from an angle of how the "security measures" really do nothing, but Bruce Schneier over at Wired takes a different angle. Our security response needs to be proportional to the threat and many "terrorists" plans are so riddled with impossibilities that we needn't worry about them especially when traditional means are working fine.

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