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Schneier for President

Bruce Schneier has this incredible ability to tell it like it is. He says what I would say — if only my brain could fire the right sequence of neurons.

Take, for example, his latest blog entry:

In response to the London bombings, officials turned off cell phones in tunnels around New York City, in an attempt to thwart bombers who might use cell phones as remote triggering devices.
This is as idiotic as it gets. It’s a perfect example of what I call “movie plot security”: imagining a particular scenario rather than focusing on the broad threats. It’s completely useless if a terrorist uses something other than a cell phone: a kitchen timer, for example. Even worse, it harms security in the general case. Have people forgotten how cell phones saved lives on 9/11? Communications benefits the defenders far more than it benefits the attackers.

Amen. I wish our elected officials were this pragmatic and level-headed. I’m afraid nothing could be further from the truth.

The Patriot Act II will probably grant the FBI power to include tracking devices in all kitchen timers.