What do A2Kers think of this article:
Is aviation security mostly for show?
By Bruce Schneier, Special to CNN
I don't know enough to agree or disagree with the suggestions in the article; I'm not a security expert on any scale.
This quote from the article, however, reminded me strongly of a one-time neighbor of mine:
Our current response to terrorism is a form of "magical thinking." It relies on the idea that we can somehow make ourselves safer by protecting against what the terrorists happened to do last time.
This neighbor had his stereo stolen. Someone crawled into the front window of his house at night and took the thing.
The neighbor, in response, put chicken wire all over that one window. The front-of-house window. Not any back-of-house windows, or any other windows at all.
No doubt this made him feel better: That vulnerable
window was covered.
I thought this was funny at the time. Is the US doing the same essential thing, covering that ONE vulnerable window?
When we think about all the shoes that have been removed at airports since the "Shoe Bomber" incident, has it been worth all the time, expense, and effort spent?
P.S. - This neighbor lived in the other half of a duplex I rented. Nobody ever stole anything from my side of the house. I suspect they were afraid of my 5 cats.