Sam Harris Owning Illogical Liberals

To see how the denial of the obvious has become a new article of faith for secular liberals, consider the response I received from Chris Stedman. In an article published in The Huffington Post, Stedman urged me to visit a mosque with him. This invitation was much celebrated online. Many people appear to believe that […]

Terror Defense Based on Resilience Rather than Avoidance

America is wide open and trusting. This shouldn’t change. The idea of stopping terrorist attacks from occurring is simply asinine in this light, as it’s just too easy to walk into a mall and cause havoc. The message to terrorists (also heard by the American people) should not be, We’ll stop people from setting off […]

Israeli Airport Security > U.S. Airport Security

JERUSALEM – Israel has long held the reputation as home to the world’s most stringent airport security procedures. But most passengers aren’t frisked, there are no intimately revealing body-imaging scanners, and security experts dismiss as misguided the new, more intrusive American approach that requires pat-downs or highly detailed scans of every passenger. “Taking the bottle […]

Schneier on the TSA | NYTimes.com

A short history of airport security: We screen for guns and bombs, so the terrorists use box cutters. We confiscate box cutters and corkscrews, so they put explosives in their sneakers. We screen footwear, so they try to use liquids. We confiscate liquids, so they put PETN bombs in their underwear. We roll out full-body […]

Schneier on Times Square Security – NYTimes.com

In the wake of Saturday’s failed Times Square car bombing, it’s natural to ask how we can prevent this sort of thing from happening again. The answer is stop focusing on the specifics of what actually happened, and instead think about the threat in general. via roomfordebate.blogs.nytimes.com Link from danielmiessler.com

BBC News – Can statistics help catch terrorists?

“There are more than a 100 million people flying out of UK airports every year and you might be trying to foil one or two terrorist plots,” he says. “Even if you had a profiling system that was 99.99% accurate, there would be 1 in 10,000 errors. “If you consider that around 100 million people […]

The War Nerd: This Is How the Carriers Will Die

The Chinese military has developed a ballistic missile, Dong Feng 21, specifically designed to kill US aircraft carriers: “Because the missile employs a complex guidance system, low radar signature and a maneuverability that makes its flight path unpredictable, the odds that it can evade tracking systems to reach its target are increased. It is estimated […]