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Terrorist False Alarm at JFK Airport Demonstrates How Unprepared We Really Are
The detailed accounts of the terrorist-shooter false-alarm at Kennedy Airport in New York last week illustrate how completely and totally unprepared the airport authorities are for any real such
securityTheater 
august 2016 by joeybaker
Security Effectiveness of the Israeli West Bank Barrier
Interesting analysis: Abstract: Objectives -- Informed by situational crime prevention (SCP) this study evaluates the effectiveness of the "West Bank Barrier" that the Israeli government began to
win  securityTheater  mesopotamia 
july 2016 by joeybaker
Good Article on Airport Security
The New York Times wrote a good piece comparing airport security around the world, and pointing out that moving the security perimeter doesn't make any difference if the attack can occur just outside
securityTheater 
july 2016 by joeybaker
Disabled St. Jude patient sues airport and TSA after bloody scuffle with Airport Police
MEMPHIS, Tenn. --- Bloodied and bruised Hannah Cohen was led from Memphis International Airport in handcuffs. The 19-year old was headed home to Chattanooga after treatment for a brain tumor at St.
governmentOverreach  securityTheater 
july 2016 by joeybaker
Does More Security at Airports Make Us Safer or Just Move the Targets? - The New York Times
Traveler flow at a typical U.S. airport Traveler flow at Istanbul Ataturk Airport Vehicle screening About a mi
securityTheater 
july 2016 by joeybaker
Security Analysis of TSA PreCheck
Interesting research: Mark G. Stewart and John Mueller, "Risk-based passenger screening: risk and economic assessment of TSA PreCheck increased security at reduced cost?" Executive Summary: The
securityTheater 
june 2016 by joeybaker
Arresting People for Walking Away from Airport Security - Schneier on Security
A proposed law in Albany, NY, would make it a crime to walk away from airport screening. Aside from wondering why county lawmakers are getting involved with what should be national policy, you have
securityTheater 
june 2016 by joeybaker
TSA’s Summer Meltdown
AIRPORT SECURITY lines are out the door, and the effects are an enormous drag on our sanity and our economy: angry travelers, missed flights, millions of hours of wasted time, and millions of wasted
securityTheater 
may 2016 by joeybaker
Economist Detained for Doing Math on an Airplane
An economics professor was detained when he was spotted doing math on an airplane: On Thursday evening, a 40-year-old man
securityTheater 
may 2016 by joeybaker
Spies In The Sky: Here’s Where FBI Planes Are Circling U.S. Cities
Each weekday, dozens of U.S. government aircraft take to the skies and slowly circle over American cities. Piloted by agents of the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the planes are
policeMilitarization  surveillanceState  theTerrorismExcuse  securityTheater 
april 2016 by joeybaker
Smart Essay on the Limitations of Anti-Terrorism Security
This is good: Threats constantly change, yet our political discourse suggests that our vulnerabilities are simply for lack of resources, commitment or competence. Sometimes, that is true. But mostly
theTerrorismExcuse  securityTheater 
april 2016 by joeybaker
The TSA Randomizer iPad App Cost $336,000 | Kevin Burke
You may have seen the TSA Randomizer on your last flight. A TSA agent holds an iPad. The agent taps the iPad, a large arrow points right or left, and you follow it into a given lane. How much does
governmentIncompetence  governmentMalfeasance  securityTheater 
april 2016 by joeybaker
Memphis Airport Inadvertently Gets Security Right
A local newspaper recently tested airport security at Memphis Airport: Our crew sat for 30 minutes in the passenger drop-off area Tuesday without a word from anyone, and that raised a number of
pressStupidity  fearmongering  securityTheater 
march 2016 by joeybaker
Mr. Fart’s Favorite Colors
For a country fighting over security, we seem to know very little about it. I’m reminded of this every time I fly out of LAX, since they’ve got a security hole big enough for Timothy McVeigh to drive
informationSecurity  securityTheater 
march 2016 by joeybaker
Customer Letter - Apple
We were shocked and outraged by the deadly act of terrorism in San Bernardino last December. We mourn the loss of life and want justice for all those whose lives were affected. The FBI asked us for
theTerrorismExcuse  corporateIncompetence  ****  corporateCorruption  informationObscurity  governmentOverreach  judicialStupidity  win  informationSecurity  encryptionWars  securityTheater  corporateIndemnity 
february 2016 by joeybaker
The NSA’s SKYNET program may be killing thousands of innocent people
An MQ-9 Reaper sits on the tarmac. In 2014, the former director of both the CIA and NSA proclaimed that "we kill people based on metadata." Now, a new examination of previously published Snowden
governmentIncompetence  theTerrorismExcuse  surveillanceState  securityTheater  mesopotamia  governmentOverreach 
february 2016 by joeybaker

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