Friday, February 22, 2008

Preach on Brother Schneier!

A reading from the book of Schneier, Feb 15 Crypto-Gram:

"Since 9/11, approximately three things have potentially improved airline security: reinforcing the cockpit doors, passengers realizing they have to fight back, and -- possibly -- sky marshals. Everything else -- all the security measures that affect privacy -- is just security theater and a waste of effort."

"By the same token, many of the anti-privacy "security" measures we're seeing -- national ID cards, warrantless eavesdropping, massive data mining, and so on -- do little to improve, and in some cases harm, security. And government claims of their success are either wrong, or against fake threats."

"The debate isn't security versus privacy. It's liberty versus control."

If only the public-at-large could understand even these three paragraphs...

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