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How A Treasury Terror List Is Preventing Americans With 'Scary' Names From Using Online Services | Techdirt
If you share a name with someone on the OFAC list then there are lots of things you can't do, like playing a video game. And there is no effective work-around.
techdirt  via:Techdirt  security  securitystupidity  securitytheater  rights 
february 2016 by mcherm
When Radiation Isn’t the Real Risk -
The evacuation from Fukushima killed 10x as many people as the radiation would have IF the radiation caused maximal harm. It is also possible it would have caused little or negative harm. And researchers do a poor job of reporting LACK of harm from radiation.
physics  medicine  securitytheater  securitystupidity  nytimes  via:reddit 
september 2015 by mcherm
Wait A Second!: Don't make flippant comments about bombs at the airport
Yes, the TSA can detain you for saying the word "bomb". And you can't sue the airline officials for reporting it to the TSA either.
TSA  securitystupidity  securitytheater  law  via:WaitASecond 
august 2015 by mcherm
So Safe That Kids Can’t Learn How to Swim : Free Range Kids
Pools require a 1:1 parent:kid ratio at the swimming pool (even though there are lifeguards). So mom can't take her family swimming!
securitytheater  securitystupidity  freerangekids  via:FreeRangeKids 
july 2014 by mcherm
Blacklisted: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a TerroristThe Intercept
Some actual details (and a link to the manuals) for the rules for being placed on the no-fly list. It's every bit as bad as I had suspected.
terrorism  securitystupidity  securitytheater  via:HackerNews 
july 2014 by mcherm
DHS warns employees not to read leaked NSA information
Okay, so Snowden leaked some information and the newspapers are publishing it. But now government employees are being told that they may be in trouble if they view that newspaper (even accidentally) because they're leaking classified data. What?
securitystupidity  securitytheater  secrecy  snowden  nsa  via:boingboing 
july 2013 by mcherm
US agency baffled by modern technology, destroys mice to get rid of viruses | Ars Technica
One of the computers had a virus on it. So they destroyed millions of dollars worth of equipment.
securitystupidity  ArsTechnica  via:reddit 
july 2013 by mcherm
TSA cancels proposal to allow knives on planes
TSA backs down from plan to allow innocuous items like pocketknives.
TSA  securitytheater  security  securitystupidity  via:reddit 
june 2013 by mcherm
Pennsylvania kindergartener uses Hello Kitty bubble-gun at school, suspended for "terrorist threat" - Boing Boing
This is absurd. "Bubble gun" used by kindergartener gets her labeled as a terrorist. (Perhaps the school's side of the story makes more sense?)
kidsrights  zerotolerance  securitystupidity  securitytheater  freerangekids  via:boingboing 
january 2013 by mcherm
“Hunter,” a Deaf 3-Year-Old, Told Signing His Name Violates School’s Gun Policy « FreeRangeKids
He is deaf, his name is "Hunter", and the sign for that is a gun-like hand shape. This violates the school's no weapons policy.
zerotolerance  via:FreeRangeKids  securitystupidity  kidsrights 
august 2012 by mcherm
T-Mobile doesn't allow "V" in passwords
Unbelievable. Amateur. It's an attempt to block paste.
security  securitystupidity  bug  via:HackerNews 
august 2012 by mcherm
Olympics 2012: A Bruce Schneier Moment - Charlie's Diary
Putting xtremely dangerous missiles in London to protect the Olympics is foolish from a security point of view. It gives terrorists the opportunity to try to trigger a missile launch which would kill people.
security  securitytheater  securitystupidity  CharlesStross  via:twitter  freespeech  censorship 
april 2012 by mcherm
Immigration officer fired after putting wife on list of terrorists to stop her flying home | Mail Online
A UK official decided he didn't want to deal with his wife. So while she was out of the country, he added her to the watch list -- so she was unable to return. It stayed that way for 3 years before the official got a background check and when questioned admitted to it.
via:BruceSchneier  security  securitystupidity  securitytheater  TSA  terrorism 
february 2011 by mcherm
Airport security officials brand three inch toy gun "firearm" // Current
UK officials refuse to let a child's toy soldier on a plane because it contained a plastic, molded, 3-inch "weapon".
TSA  via:boingboing  personal_net  securitystupidity  securitytheater 
january 2011 by mcherm
Odds of cancer from TSA scanners about the same as terrorist blowing up your plane - Boing Boing
The danger from the TSA scanners are miniscule. In fact, they're about as small (or large, depending on how you look at it) as the danger from terrorists.
TSA  securitystupidity  securitytheater  security  via:reddit  boingboing 
december 2010 by mcherm
TSA bans bikini woman for ‘unusual contour’ around buttocks | Raw Story
She made a YouTube video that shamed the TSA. The *next* time she tried to fly, TSA said her butt seemed odd but they weren't allowed to look so she was banned from flying. Individuals may be permitted this kind of petty revenge; obligatory government agencies must NOT be permitted to engage in this kind of thing.
TSA  via:reddit  evil  securitytheater  securitystupidity 
december 2010 by mcherm
Female diplomat patted down at Jackson airport | | The Clarion-Ledger
TSA pats down female ambassador from India. State officials acknowledge that this is terrible diplomacy and issue apology.
TSA  securitytheater  securitystupidity  via:reddit 
december 2010 by mcherm
Schneier on Security: Full Body Scanners: What's Next?
Bruce Schneier explains how the TSA will continue their useless practices for political reasons, and why they shouldn't.
BruceSchneier  privacy  TSA  security  securitystupidity  securitytheater 
december 2010 by mcherm
Exclusive: TSA frisks groom children to cooperate with sex predators, abuse expert says | Raw Story
Complaints that the TSA policy of making out their patdowns to be a game for children is just priming them for abuse by sexual predators. Now, I think there's a difference and that kids can tell the difference, but it's interesting to pit two different societal irrationalities against each other.
TSA  via:reddit  securitystupidity  securitytheater  pedophile 
december 2010 by mcherm
Adam Savage: TSA saw my junk, missed 12" razor blades
Guy from mythbusters gets scanned at airport. Somehow they manage to miss 2 12-inch-long razor blades. But they scanned his "junk"!
TSA  securitytheater  security  securitystupidity  mythbusters  via:ArsTechnica 
november 2010 by mcherm
You Don't Need to See His Identification – NO BLASTERS!
Returning US citizen refuses to submit to intrusive scans or pat downs. After 2.5 hours of demanding "am I free to go?" he is released.
rights  TSA  police  civilrights  security  securitytheater  securitystupidity 
november 2010 by mcherm
Federal V.I.P Penn
Penn (of Penn and Teller) objects to TSA crotch patdown. He gets a sympathetic cop. Later a TSA bigwig calls him back and offers to see that he personally never has a bad experience again.
TSA  rights  civilrights  security  securitystupidity  securitytheater 
november 2010 by mcherm
Homeland Security Watch » “Do I have the right to refuse this search?”
A police officer's evaluation of the TSA search: ineffective and unprofessional.
TSA  police  security  securitystupidity  securitytheater 
november 2010 by mcherm
Another TSA Outrage | RedState
The TSA allowed soldiers to board carrying pistols and rifles, but they confiscated nail clippers.
TSA  securitystupidity  securitytheater 
november 2010 by mcherm
Assume the position: TSA begins new nut-busting pat-downs
Apparently the TSA is actually admitting that they are introducing "pat down the crotch" policies with the specific intention of discouraging fliers from choosing the opt out of a screening that they're allowed to opt out of. That's not their job!
TSA  privacy  civilrights  via:ArsTechnica  ArsTechnica  security  securitystupidity 
november 2010 by mcherm
Jeffersonville middle school student suspended for touching pill - WAVE 3 TV Louisville, KY |
All right, this is STUPID! Kid is handed pill, says "No!" and gives it back. Is later suspended for drug possession: after all, she touched it. I hope there's another side of this story, because otherwise the school owes someone a big apology.
via:FreeRangeKids  kidsrights  securitystupidity  securitytheater  zerotolerance 
march 2010 by mcherm
Daniel Rubin: Another case of TSA overkill | Philadelphia Inquirer | 02/15/2010
Another case of TSA being ridiculous. a 4-yr old must have his leg braces removed and is forced to "walk" (as best he can) through the metal detector.
securitystupidity  securitytheater  TSA  via:boingboing 
february 2010 by mcherm
Slashdot Your Rights Online Story | Subversives In South Carolina Mostly Safe
The previous story about South Carolina passing a law requiring subversives to register is simply not true. They were REPEALING a law passed during the "red scare" days.
via:slashdot  law  politics  security  securitystupidity  terrorism 
february 2010 by mcherm
No joke: South Carolina now requires ’subversives’ to register | Raw Story
Okay, this one is downright funny. If you plan to overthrow the government you must register with them to let them know -- there's a $5 filing fee and a $25,000 fine for not registering. [EDIT: later, this turns out not to be quite true.]
via:boingboing  funny  terrorism  security  securitystupidity  law 
february 2010 by mcherm
Police clear street over kids' 'nuclear reactor' - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Police in Germany freak out and do a full-fledged search for radioactive leaks after 2 6-year-olds tape a fake (printed on paper) radioactivity warning on a computer case to play pretend.
stupid  via:FreeRangeKids  securitystupidity  securitytheater 
june 2009 by mcherm
Blind interpreter detained at Philly airport says he has nightmares from arrest | Philadelphia Daily News | 05/12/2009
A blind man complains that he wants to know why the plane has been sitting on the ground for 2 hours. So they drag him away (inflicting minor injuries and deciding he must be faking his blindness) and lock him up for the rest of the day.
TSA  securitystupidity  securitytheater  personal_net  via:boingboing 
may 2009 by mcherm
The criminalization of journalism -
A French plane is not permitted to fly _over_ US airspace because one passenger is a journalist who has written critically about US policy.
via:boingboing  TSA  securitystupidity  securitytheater  terrorism  freespeech  journalism 
april 2009 by mcherm
Delayed by her bra, air passenger is indignant
Another story about the TSA spending an inordinate amount of effort examining women's bras.
TSA  rights  securitystupidity  securitytheater  via:reddit 
april 2009 by mcherm
9 Muslim passengers kicked off flight after remark
An airline kicks a family off the plane pretty much just because they're Muslim. They also refuse to let them rebook on a later flight. Don't fly AirTran.
via:slashdot  TSA  securitystupidity  securitytheater  stupid  airtravel 
january 2009 by mcherm
Carrying Gunpowder through Airport Security — Wild Bee
Guy carries the components for making gunpowder onto a plane. They're in plastic baggies, so the TSA doesn't object. But they DO have a problem with his flutes. They let him on anyhow after swabbing his bag and finding nothing.
TSA  securitystupidity  securitytheater  via:BruceSchneier 
january 2009 by mcherm
You'll need a passport to buy a mobile phone in the UK - Boing Boing
The UK wants to track every text message or phone call; they'll require everyone to show a passport to buy a phone. Terrorists will just buy phones elsewhere and use roaming in the UK.
personal_net  via:boingboing  securitystupidity  securitytheater  surveillance 
october 2008 by mcherm
Student Arrested For Terroristic Threatening Says Incident A Misunderstanding
Student writes a story about zombies taking over some (anonymous) high school. Is arrested for making terrorist threats. Judge raises bond at prosecutor's request "because of the seriousness of the charge".
kidsrights  civilrights  securitystupidity  securitytheater  via:boingboing  law 
october 2008 by mcherm
The Things He Carried - The Atlantic (November 2008)
Detailed article in The Atlantic of why our current airport screening process is completely useless. The writer violated the rules in every way he could think of and never got caught.
via:BruceSchneier  BruceSchneier  TSA  securiity  securitystupidity  securitytheater 
october 2008 by mcherm
The Two Classes of Airport Contraband: Schneier on Security
Good, common-sense insight from Bruce Schneier. At airport, bombs and guns will get you arrested; liquids will get stuff taken. Clearly the screeners know what's REALLY dangerous and what's not. Furthermore, a plot using liquids could just keep trying until they get one through -- so it's helping almost not at all. Furthermore (this is my addition) it distracts the security screeners from their TRUE job. Stop doing it. No, really... just stop. Now.
TSA  security  securitytheater  BruceSchneier  securitystupidity 
september 2008 by mcherm
Quebec man changes name to dodge relentless airport screening
Apparently it's pretty easy to avoid the TSA no-fly and watch lists: just change your name.
via:BruceSchneier  TSA  security  securitystupidity  securitytheater 
september 2008 by mcherm
The TSA's useless photo ID rules - Los Angeles Times
Bruce Schneier editorial on TSA's Photo ID rules: they are easily circumvented, and even if they weren't, they still wouldn't work.
via:BruceSchneier  TSA  BruceSchneier  terrorism  securitystupidity  securitytheater 
september 2008 by mcherm
Man's 'pants' password is changed | BBC NEWS
Bank employee tells customer he must change password that made fun of the bank itself. The problem is, how did the employee know the password? Bank says it's OK because they only see the password "on that system", but it's the same password used elsewhere so I say that's terrible insecurity.
security  via:BruceSchneier  banking  securitystupidity 
september 2008 by mcherm
Ruling says federal courts can hear no-fly lawsuits
A court rules that if you're on the no fly list, you can go to court to question that. The court may not TAKE the case, but because the list is maintained by the FBI not the TSA, you at least have access to the courts.
TSA  via:BruceSchneier  civilrights  rights  securitystupidity  securitytheater 
august 2008 by mcherm
Delayed by her bra, air passenger is indignant
Passenger gets indignant when the TSA says they have to "pat her down" because her bra set off the metal detector. And no wonder... we should ALL be indignant!
via:boingboing  TSA  securitystupidity  securitytheater 
august 2008 by mcherm
xkcd - antivirus on voting machines is "doing it wrong"
A perfect analogy for what's wrong with certain voting machines.
xkcd  voting  funny  securitystupidity  securitytheater 
august 2008 by mcherm
Flying Without a Wallet » philosecurity
An account of flying without ID. Points out the flaws in the TSA's system which make it very easy for terrorists but difficult for the rest of us. Why, why, why!!?
TSA  security  via:BruceSchneier  securitystupidity  securitytheater 
august 2008 by mcherm
War On Terror board game seized by police - Cambridge News
I simply cannot believe this... the police seized a board game (one which pokes fun at the "war on terror") on the grounds that it was a dangerous weapon. You could use the mask to change your appearance.
via:BruceSchneier  funny  boardgames  securitytheater  securitystupidity  rights  security 
august 2008 by mcherm
TSA puts commercial pilots on no-fly and terrorist watch lists - Boing Boing
Even some pilots appear to be on the secret no-fly list. And can't get off. One who isn't allowed to fly any more is suing.
TSA  securitystupidity  securitytheater  rights  civilrights  via:boingboing 
august 2008 by mcherm
Scott Adams Blog: True Story 07/31/2008
Story of stupid IT security behavior. You can't take your laptop out of the building unless it's in its bag. But you can't bring the bag (attached to bike) in because bikes are a security hazard. And exceptions are allowed only if your manager approves... but manager isn't in the building. Solution? Put it in a grocery bag.
personal_net  via:BruceSchneier  securitystupidity  securitytheater 
august 2008 by mcherm
TSA Proud of Confiscating Non-Dangerous Item: Schneier on Security
TSA is proud to have confiscated a non-bomb, because someone might THINK it looked like a bomb. That's not security.
via:BruceSchneier  securitytheater  securitystupidity  TSA 
july 2008 by mcherm
Taking Airline Cutlery away from a Pilot
Yes, the TSA supervisors will even take official on board airline butter knives away from the pilot of the plane.
TSA  terrorism  via:boingboing  security  securitystupidity  securitytheater 
july 2008 by mcherm
The truth in a nutshell, or what I won't read on vacation
The tale of a reporter who is questioned by Canadian airport security for using certain words while discussing his story on the phone with another reporter.
security  securitystupidity  securitytheater  TSA  terrorism  via:BruceSchneier 
july 2008 by mcherm
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