How the Norwegians Reacted to Terrorism | Schneier

An antidote to the American cycle of threat, fear, and overspending in response to terrorism is this, about Norway on the first anniversary of its terrorist massacre: And at the political level, the Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg pledged to do everything to ensure the country’s core values were not undermined. “The Norwegian response to violence […]

Sam Harris and Bruce Schneier Debate Airport Profiling |

It is still not clear to me what you actually recommend—nor is it clear why your views about profiling, if true, wouldn’t extend to all intelligence work, or even to immigration. Should we issue visas to people at random, or should we pay more attention to those applying from Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia? For those […]

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 |

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 –

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 Link from