- Bruce Schneier’s telepathic takeover of the TSA (Wired.com Danger Room)
For years, Schneier, the well-known security gadfly, has blasted the TSA for its brain dead approach to passenger screening: the “security theater” of naked scanners and slipped-off shoes; the focus on terrorist weapons instead of the terrorists themselves; the one-size-fits-all security protocols, instead of measures driven by the latest intelligence. For years, the TSA ignored his critiques.
But late last month, at the Aspen Security Forum, TSA chief John Pistole opened his mouth — and Schneier’s words came tumbling out. Pistole said it was high time to “recognize that the vast majority of people traveling every day are not terrorists.” To “try to apply some more common sense to the process,” even.
Forget patting down kids and telling people with top secret security clearances to take off their shoes. “I think we can do a different way of screening children that recognizes that, in the very high likelihood, they do not have a bomb on them,” he said.
Besides, he added, “the best layer of security we have … is intelligence.”
I’ll believe it when I see it. On the other hand, I didn’t expect Duke Nukem Forever to ship, so there’s room in this best of all possible worlds for some pleasant surprises now and again.