Bruce Schneier makes a load of sense

August 25th, 2006

I’ve been following Bruce Schneier since I read his book Applied Cryptography fifteen or so years ago. Since then he has broadened the scope of his expertise from information security into general security, and there’s nobody I know who takes a more pragmatic approach to the issue. Schneier has written time and again about how many of our recent so-called security measures fail to protect us, but give politicians and bureaucrats the chance to talk about how much they’re doing (and spending) to make us safer.

Now look what he is saying about our recent reaction to the “liquid explosives” plot uncovered in the UK:

The point of terrorism is to cause terror, sometimes to further a political goal and sometimes out of sheer hatred. The people terrorists kill are not the targets; they are collateral damage. And blowing up planes, trains, markets or buses is not the goal; those are just tactics. The real targets of terrorism are the rest of us: the billions of us who are not killed but are terrorized because of the killing. The real point of terrorism is not the act itself, but our reaction to the act.

And we’re doing exactly what the terrorists want.

Amen, brother. Read the full article; it’s well worth the time.

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