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March 5 2013

Drug Screens-and More Security Theater (Part 2)


As mentioned, I’ve been doing more traveling, and am increasingly disturbed by the growing surveillance society, from TSA’s “Security Theater” to the wider spread presence of traffic cameras and surveillance of public spaces.

Security expert Bruce Schneier has pointed out that the current system is reactive—e.g., having to remove shoes now—and so, as with malware, the “bad guys” are generally one step ahead, simply by shifting strategies. In fact, there is growing evidence that more lives are being lost because of TSA and people’s aversion to flying now that has arisen due to the hassles TSA has created, that has resulted in a return to driving, resulting in more accidents than are being saved due to any prevention of terrorist activity that might have occurred.

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