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10/22   Yet another Bruce Schneier vs The TSA article:
        http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200811/airport-security
        This is pretty funny:
           On another occasion, at LaGuardia, in New York, the
           transportation-security officer in charge of my secondary
           screening emptied my carry-on bag of nearly everything it
           contained, including a yellow, three-foot-by-four-foot
           Hezbollah flag, purchased at a Hezbollah gift shop in south
           Lebanon. The flag features, as its charming main image, an
           upraised fist clutching an AK-47 automatic rifle. Atop the
           rifle is a line of Arabic writing that reads "Then surely
           the party of God are they who will be triumphant."  The
           officer took the flag and spread it out on the inspection
           table. She finished her inspection, gave me back my flag,
           and told me I could go. I said, "That's a Hezbollah flag."
           She said, "Uh-huh."
           \_ what, do you think it's important for TSA to arrest people
              who are carrying Hezbollah flags?
              \_ That seems to be the implication of the article. At least
                 question them?
                 \- i think the point was "the TSA employee had no
                    recognition of what hezbollah was." it would be like
                    picking a VP candidate who didnt know what the VPs
                    job was or couldnt name any sup ct cases other than RvW.
                    and it is funny. you would have thought somebody else
                    watching this would have reacted.
                    \_ Or, more likely, they already knew who Bruce Schneier
                       is and knew that he was not likely to be a real
                       security threat.
                       \_ This was a journo for The Atlantic, not Scheier.
                          \_ TSA is a joke and a huge waste of taxpayer money.
                             Fly out of Tel Aviv sometime if you want to see
                             what real airport security looks like.
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Go sponsored by November 2008 Atlantic Airport security in America is a sham--"security theater" designed to make travelers feel better and catch stupid terrorists. Smart ones can get through security with fake boarding passes and all manner of prohibited items--as our correspondent did with ease. Printer Format If I were a terrorist, and I'm not, but if I were a terrorist--a frosty, tough-like-Chuck-Norris terrorist, say a C-title jihadist with Hezbollah or, more likely, a donkey-work operative with the Judean People's Front--I would not do what I did in the bathroom of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, which was to place myself in front of a sink in open view of the male American flying public and ostentatiously rip up a sheaf of counterfeit boarding passes that had been created for me by a frenetic and acerbic security expert named Bruce Schneier. He had made these boarding passes in his sophisticated underground forgery works, which consists of a Sony Vaio laptop and an HP LaserJet printer, in order to prove that the Transportation Security Administration, which is meant to protect American aviation from al-Qaeda, represents an egregious waste of tax dollars, dollars that could otherwise be used to catch terrorists before they arrive at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, by which time it is, generally speaking, too late. I could have ripped up these counterfeit boarding passes in the privacy of a toilet stall, but I chose not to, partly because this was the renowned Senator Larry Craig Memorial Wide-Stance Bathroom, and since the commencement of the Global War on Terror this particular bathroom has been patrolled by security officials trying to protect it from gay sex, and partly because I wanted to see whether my fellow passengers would report me to the TSA for acting suspiciously in a public bathroom. No one did, thus thwarting, yet again, my plans to get arrested, or at least be the recipient of a thorough sweating by the FBI, for dubious behavior in a large American airport. Suspicious that the measures put in place after the attacks of September 11 to prevent further such attacks are almost entirely for show--security theater is the term of art--I have for some time now been testing, in modest ways, their effectiveness. said Leatherman was confiscated and is now, I hope, living with the loving family of a TSA employee). And because I have a fair amount of experience reporting on terrorists, and because terrorist groups produce large quantities of branded knickknacks, I've amassed an inspiring collection of al-Qaeda T-shirts, Islamic Jihad flags, Hezbollah videotapes, and inflatable Yasir Arafat dolls (really). All these things I've carried with me through airports across the country. 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