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  •  Start by separating which security measures WORK (3+ / 0-)
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    CitizenOfEarth, T100R, YucatanMan

    versus those which sound good and beef up security budgets and overpay contractors.  The best security measures are not the most visible ones like TSA pat-downs.  Security expert Bruce Schneier calls those "security theater" (look it up).  Reality is, danger is inevitable and some people will die due to lightning, poor health, accidents, and yes, terrorism.  As I wrote above, if we put even 1/1,000 of this money on the GWOT to more FBI agents, more first responders, more renewable energy (instead of getting oil overseas) etc., then we'd be doing a lot better.  Fewer people would die, and those resources would be good for other problems like other crimes or natural disaster response.  That's what really counts, not "feeling safe" from extremely low probability events.

    •  Great comment. I'm on Bruce Schneier's newsletter (1+ / 0-)
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      Ryvr

      list. He is always saying how the govt is over reacting to terror events. And yes it is gut wrenching to watch the US decay as they piss incredible amounts of treasure down this rat hole. But the MIC is always there to stop any attempts to sanely prioritize.

      No longer Hoping for Change. Now Praying for a Miracle.

      by CitizenOfEarth on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 12:07:05 PM PDT

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