Is aviation security mostly for show?

A rhetorical question, obviously. Everybody and their mother is (rightly) linking to this article. I like that Schneier address both the particulars of security and the equally importance larger social issues.

Despite fearful rhetoric to the contrary, terrorism is not a transcendent threat. A terrorist attack cannot possibly destroy a country’s way of life; it’s only our reaction to that attack that can do that kind of damage. The more we undermine our own laws, the more we convert our buildings into fortresses, the more we reduce the freedoms and liberties at the foundation of our societies, the more we’re doing the terrorists’ job for them.

Bruce Schneier

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