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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Security Expert Bruce Schneier says "Stop with the security theater already!"

As has been suspected for quite some time, the stepped up methods and security now being practiced by the TSA won't do anything to make us safer. Bruce Schneier, security expert, takes the TSA, love pats and the porno scanners to task in this weeks Popular Mechanics.
Q: What is really being seen by these machines?
A: In theory, it sees stuff that isn't part of the body. So if you've got a stapler in your pocket, it will show up. The thought is that it will see stuff that a metal detector won't detect, like a ceramic knife. But this doesn't seem to be borne out by reality.

Q: The machines have shown up in the wake of the so-called underwear bomber, who tried to blow up a plane with chemicals stored in his briefs. Would this technology have stopped him?
A: The guys who make the machines have said, "We wouldn't have caught that."

Q: So what kind of attack will this prevent, that otherwise might be successful?
A: There are two kinds of hijackers. There's the lone nutcase, like someone who will bring a gun onto a plane because, dammit, they're going to take the whole plane down with them. Any pre-9-11 airport security would catch a person like that.

The second kind is the well-planned, well-financed Al Qaeda-like plot. And nothing can be done to stop someone like that.

It is time for the government and the TSA to get their collective heads out of heads out of their collective butts and take steps that will actually secure us against attack. The fact is, if the explosives have made it inside the airport, Janet, your security plan has already failed.


  1. I’ve seen polls that suggest a majority of people accept these “enhanced security measures”. Is there no risk too small for which citizens in this country won’t willingly abdicate their rights? Specifically the 4th Amendment, which is abundantly clear: "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..."

    I’ve seen only one politician speak out against these invasive, humiliating and completely ineffective measures. I don’t want the government to keep us safe. I want it to keep us free. Big fail!

  2. Well, while some fools are WAITING for what you believe is a matter of heads being "extricated" from butts, ... TSA and the puppeteers who control them (aka "Marxists") are getting exactly what they wanted. DO NOT BE FOOLED BY ANY PART OF THIS WHOLE FIASCO. It clearly was strategically planned including the timing of its initiation: the most heavily traveled times of the year, the holidays: Those days when families travel; those days when numerous college students travel to spend the time with their families; Those days for which most tickets had been purchased long before we were duly informed that in order to travel using said purchased ticket we would be demanded to give up our 4th amendment rights. I would bet that most of these tickets are NON-refundable and many probably offer no option to even "bank" a credit. How many of us could NOW afford to LOSE the monies expended on our tickets and still afford to travel by car (IF WE CHOSE) to "Grandma's house" or to retrieve our college student from school and return them? (AND DO NOT THINK THIS WAS NOT CLEAR IN THE MINDS OF THE MARXISTS IN Homeland Security. Furthermore,they deliberately have perpetrated this on THOSE OPF US WHO HAVE NO "EXEMPTIONS" from full-body scanners or the optional government endorsed grope, on those of US who have been PROFILED!!! (do you honestly believe they did not realize at the outset that they would have to make exceptions for Muslims, on their pseudo "religious grounds") WE have been reverse PROFILED??? If we are not Muslim women, we have NO option and apparently no 4th amendment rights. Then to add insult to injury (to our rights of privacy, etc.) we are even threatened. As of info I read this AM that to refuse will likely result in a DEMAND that you be held for further questioning and threatened with $11,000 fine to forfeit our plans for travel and attempt to leave the airport,...until ????? whoever says ???
    Meanwhile: We are continually, over these last days in particular, fed the LIE that this procedure is to make us safer. SO: When we get on our flight, and find ourselves seated next to that Muslim woman who was in the same security line, dressed head-to-toe in black voluminous storage cabinet garb, and sailed through "security" with a "pat on the head", we are to feel safe because a strawberry blond teen in their snug jeans and form-fit t-shirt was groped, toddlers were man-handled, babies diapers were inspected, someone stuck their hand down Grandpa's shorts and because her knee "replacements" set off an alarm, Granny's breasts were fondled. HOW STUPID DO THEY THINK WE ARE??? It is just that they know they have us in a "travel vice grip"... Then because a lot of us will proceed and we will justify this "one time" we would acquiesce to this 4th amendment destruction, it will be played up as if the public will accept it; adjust to it. IT is time to scream HELL NO!!!!!....Furthermore, we should be jamming telephone lines, FAX and email asking every one of our "servants' in Washington why they are not standing in the "wells" of their respective chambers" and SCREAMING HELL NO ON OUR BEHALF (UPHOLDING THE CONSTITUTION?). What good will be any of their efforts to reduce spending or create jobs if we our rights have been forfeited,...by fiat, even??? AND PS!!! to those idiots who would continue to pour out the garble of someone being angry if such "security" were not in place and a loved one was killed ... If it is truly to make us safer, then it should be ALL OR NONE!!! Grope or body-scan Muslim women as well!!! And tell THEM if they don't like it TO DRIVE!!!