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February 20, 2007
July 15, 2007
The hacker-culture radio show at WBAI,
"Off the Hook", has a running joke:
Someone starts making fun of yet
another inane government move to
suppress a hypothetical terrorist Bruce Schneier calls these
threat. "movie plot threats".
They immediately begin thinking Imaginative scenarios,
out loud -- but why would a ungrounded in reality.
terrorist need to do that?
If they wanted to ___, they
could just go and do ___.
At which point, the moderator
("Emmanual Goldstein") interrupts:
"Why does this show always
deteriorate into 'Tips for Terrorists'?"
This is a real problem for any educated
person delving into these issues.
For example, I'm long been of the
opinion that "airport security" is a
joke... And I think it's *still* a
joke, *even now*: I suspect I'd have no
trouble getting any number of weapons
on board a plane.
But I'm reluctant to explain the
methods. It would seem that they
should be obvious to any technically
trained person who cared to think
But you know, maybe
terrorists really aren't
the brightest bulbs
around -- dedicated, yes,
but smart, maybe not.
My complaints about the idiocy
we're subjected to could end
up giving someone ideas --
(And with the current
regime in power, I could be
subjected to an arbitrary
amount of harrasment before
finally -- one hopes --
getting my "free speech"
And so, the idiocy remains.
We continue to contort our
lives, possibly feeling a little All to make things
better because "we've got to do harder on the twits
*something*!", but getting no that can't think
real safety benefit. up a threat-model
that we haven't covered.
Not a good
And -- I suspect --
it's not a good
bargain that we're
Trading off real freedoms
for symbolic security.
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