How Much Counterterrorism Can We Afford?
In an article on using terahertz rays (is that different from terahertz radar?) to detect biological agents, we find this quote:
"High-tech, low-tech, we can't afford to overlook any possibility in dealing with mass casualty events," according to center head Donald Sebastian. "You need multiple methods of detection and response. Terrorism comes in many forms; you have to see, smell, taste and analyze everything."
He's got it completely backwards. I think we can easily afford not to do what he's saying, and can't afford to do it.
The technology to detect traces of chemical and biological agents is neat, though. And I am very much in favor of research along these lines.
Posted on June 23, 2010 at 6:00 AM • 19 Comments