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A good writeup about why TIA –and the other Orwellian profiling schemes that have been suggested–are a bad security trade off by Bruce Schneier, author of Beyond Fear: Thinking Sensibly About Security in an Uncertain World
“I have an idea. Timothy McVeigh and John Allen Muhammad - one of the accused D.C. snipers - both served in the military. I think we need to put all U.S. ex-servicemen on a special watch list, because they obviously could be terrorists. I think we should flag them for “special screening” when they fly and think twice before allowing them to take scuba-diving lessons.
“What do you think of my idea? I hope you’re appalled, incensed and angry that I question the honesty and integrity of our military personnel…”
If his sarcastic example was used I’d be on the “watch list” for “extra” attention and screening–ex-military and rescue-scuba-diver certified–scary!
I was reminded via email that I also frequent the local library-I read, therefore I’m dangerous?