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Our Reaction Is the Real Security Failure

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  • If we refuse to be terrorized, if we refuse to implement security theater and remember that we can never completely eliminate the risk of terrorism, then the terrorists fail even if their attacks succeed.
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  • The Real Threat to America
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  • The stench of the police state at US airports
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  • This country has been reformatted. It has been downsized to fit your fears.
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Bruce Schneier, Schneir.com

In the headlong rush to "fix" security after the Underwear Bomber's unsuccessful Christmas Day attack, there's far too little discussion about what worked and what didn't, and what will and will not make us safer in the future.

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The security checkpoints worked. Because we screen for obvious bombs, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab -- or, more precisely, whoever built the bomb -- had to construct a far less reliable bomb than he would have otherwise. Instead of using a timer or a plunger or a reliable detonation mechanism, as would any commercial user of PETN, he had to resort to an ad hoc and much more inefficient homebrew mechanism: one involving a syringe and 20 minutes in the lavatory and we don't know exactly what else. And it didn't work.

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The Real Threat to America, Roger Cohen, New York Times | NY

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  • When a government has a right to invade the bodies of its citizens, security has trumped freedom.
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  • The Fourth Amendment [of the US Constitution] : “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
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The stench of the police state at US airports, World Socialist Web Site

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  • Ten years of bloody warfare since 9/11 have brought about an increasing brutalization of American society itself, as the American government now brings home the methods of Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay, violence and humiliation, for use against the American population.
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  • Sign the Petition to Investigate TSA Abuse of Power!
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