Schneier Talk at Macalester College

On April 3, I gave a talk at Macalester College titled "Counterterrorism in America: Security Theater Against Movie-Plot Threats." The audio and video of the talk are online.

Posted on May 12, 2007 at 1:28 PM • 9 Comments

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DorkMay 12, 2007 5:06 PM

Not a lot of news for regular blog readers but a good talk and you handled the questions well.

"Technological risks are obscure risks and often people dont have the expertise to understand them ... this is not new ... you can read writings from the Victorian era of people being afraid of electricity ... people being afraid to press doorknobs because they might get electrocuted."

How about popular perception of nanotechnology today as another example?

LanceMay 12, 2007 5:07 PM

dang, I get email from Mac all the time (alum) but never saw anything about this, I definately would have attended.

Benny HaHaMay 13, 2007 1:07 AM

As long as it is the Jews, and not the Muslims, that control Hollywood, we need not fear movie-plot threats against conducted against America.

jayMay 13, 2007 12:41 PM

The session was well presented. I really enjoyed it. My favorite quote "Doc says take off your clothes. Paitent says you first doc" :)

kennfdMay 13, 2007 8:52 PM

Funding intelligence, investigation,and emergency response is the most effective way to counter a terrorist or criminal event. Unfortunately, high tech toys and policies that look like "something is being done" make a better press releases for the politicians

X the UnknownMay 14, 2007 2:28 PM

Were the guys who allegedly planned to attack Fort Dix captured (or even implicated) by any of the Homeland Security apparatus and directives (or other special powers arrogated by Mr. Bush), or was this another case of good ol' fashioned police work?

Calls It Like It Really IsMay 14, 2007 2:57 PM

@kennfd
"Funding intelligence, investigation,and emergency response is the most effective way to counter a terrorist or criminal event. Unfortunately, high tech toys and policies that look like "something is being done" make a better press releases for the politicians"

WHich is why we have monstrous wastes such as DHS, which does nothing more than duly report each month that "of the 100 suspiscious events in the X sector last month, none could be linked or related to terrorism..."

Sean ClearyMay 15, 2007 9:24 PM

You may be this era's Tom Paine, there is so much common sense in what you say.

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