Insightful: Adam Shostack, one of the security industry’s more eloquent practitioners, had this to say in his Emergent Chaos blog: “It’s true. TSA employees are just doing their job, which is to secure transportation systems. The trouble is, their job is impossible. We all know that it’s possible to smuggle things past the nudatrons and the frisking. Unfortunately, TSA’s job … Read More
Interesting idea in this Harvard blog post on the TSA madness. Perhaps the solution is to have a little ticker at the bottom of TV news screens that lists the total number of vehicle deaths each day. It is around 100. So after several years and many tens of thousands of deaths reported, the occasional 150 killed in a plane … Read More
I find the political process in different countries fascinating. I don’t know enough to comment, but I find the style differences quite amazing (I remember once as a boy listening to a session of the Australian parliament – wow!). Anyway, quite liked this from Ron Paul who is apparently a fairly free-thinking US politician: “Groping people at the airport doesn’t … Read More
Good post from Bruce Schneier on the Backlash against the TSA’s new Backscatter Scanners or search-by-grope initiative. A good counter-point to the “More security is always better” brigade: According to the Cornell study, roughly 130 inconvenienced travelers died every three months as a result of additional traffic fatalities brought on by substituting ground transit for air transit. That’s the equivalent … Read More
I have to admit, I really don’t like flying on US Domestic routes – it just isn’t pleasant and got a lot worse after 9/11. This article on the Pilot’s Unions and the Airlines is quite sobering reading. It appears that commercial instability and quite possibly safety hazards are built in to the industry.