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16 August 2006 @ 08:52 am
Scheiner on Security  
You really should be reading this blog. It started out focused on security technology and cryptography, but has spiraled off into some impressive discussions about life during the "war on terror".

On the implausibility of the explosives plot

Getting into the terrorist's heads:

prison shivs

Memoirs of an airport security screener

Available via the LJ feed bruce_schneier
Auto-defenestration has never been this funm00t on August 16th, 2006 04:27 pm (UTC)
yep yep.

Notice how the brits put up with the IRA for yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaars and, yeah, they have some crazy security, but honestly, until recently, none of it was as down-right stupid as this. But honestly, I never really saw it affect their lives significantly as a nation. They didn't get afraid, they got angry, which is better, though not perfect.

The "Terrorists" have gotten what they wanted. We*'re afraid. We're bending over backwards to deal with them. Now all they have to do is jump up and say 'BOO' and we'll go running.

The best way to deal with it is for everyone to remain vigilant and continue about our lives as though they did not exist. That is the only effective weapon. If we let ourselves be terrorized then we WILL be terrorized. If we are not afraid then they have failed.

* - We as in the collective "first world".

The US has fallen in to their trap. We're not stuck in a war we cannot win, we've burned up whatever reputation we've ever had, and we've castrated the reasons that the US was ever worth the dirt it was established on to do it.
Stupendous Manfarmalloc on August 16th, 2006 05:34 pm (UTC)
It is hard for many to continue with their daily lives when the current Administration also uses this fear of terrorism to further their agenda. If people don't see it for what it really is they they are easily manipulated by fear.
Auto-defenestration has never been this funm00t on August 16th, 2006 05:36 pm (UTC)
Agreed, I'm not saying necessarily the populace is purely the problem.

This administration is very very much to blame for the current state of affairs, though you could see some inklings of this in previous administrations as well.