James Edward Johnson

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The joke that is airport security …

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Tonight with a few friends, the conversation turned to airport “security.”  Anyone who has been to Israel knows that American airport security leaves much to be desired.  Whenever the topic comes up, one article comes to mind.

Jeffrey Goldberg, writing in the Atlantic, offered what is probably the best critique of airport security that I have ever read.  Here is an opening bite:

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. Because the TSA’s security regimen seems to be mainly thing-based—most of its 44,500 airport officers are assigned to truffle through carry-on bags for things like guns, bombs, three-ounce tubes of anthrax, Crest toothpaste, nail clippers, Snapple, and so on—I focused my efforts on bringing bad things through security in many different airports, primarily my home airport, Washington’s Reagan National, the one situated approximately 17 feet from the Pentagon, but also in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Chicago, and at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport.

via The Things He Carried – The Atlantic.

You will have a hard time believing what Goldberg did.  You will have a harder time believing that he never got arrested.  If you have not read the piece, read it.   When you are done, if you want more, start reading Bruce Schneier’s excellent blog.


Written by JamesEJ

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 12:35 am

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