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Treating EVERYONE Like a Potential Terrorist Weakens Our Ability to Protect America

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Washington’s Blog [1]
August 16, 2013

Bruce Schneier is an internationally-recognized [2] security expert [3] who regularly writes for CNN [4]Wired [4]and other publications. Schneier’s blog was just listed by Time as one of the 25 best blogs [5] in the world. Schneier trounced the former head of the TSA [6] (87% to 13%) in a recent debate on airport security hosted by the Economist.

Washington’s Blog asked Schneier 3 questions today by email.

[Q] Many top experts (including you) have said that mass surveillance on Americans is harmful to national security [7], as it makes the haystack too big to search meaningfully for bad guys.

As a layperson, it seems to me that the same is true with many of our counter-terrorism efforts since 9/11 [8].

[A] Yes.

[Q] For example, Nobel prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz calculates that the U.S. will end up spending $3-5 trillion [9] dollars in the Iraq war [a Brown University study actually concluded that the Iraq war could end up costing $6 trillion dollars [10]]. Yet the 9/11 Commission found that Iraq had no connection to 9/11 [11].

[A] Right.

[Q] Similarly, “mission creep” has resulted in numerous activities – including protesting or being a privacy advocate – being labelled as “potential terrorism” [12].

Putting aside the fact that this is trashing our Constitutional liberties [13], is this counterproductive from a counter-terror perspective because it “creates a bigger haystack” and distracts our intelligence, defense and law enforcement services from focusing on actually finding and stopping the real terrorists who want to kill people on U.S. soil?

[A] I certainly think so.


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[1] Washington’s Blog: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/08/top-security-expert-treating-everyone-like-a-potential-terrorist-weakens-our-ability-to-protect-america.html

[2] internationally-recognized: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Schneier

[3] security expert: http://www.schneier.com/about.html

[4] CNN: https://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnn.com+Schneier&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

[5] one of the 25 best blogs: http://techland.time.com/2013/08/05/the-25-best-bloggers-2013-edition/slide/bruce-schneier-schneier-on-security/

[6] trounced the former head of the TSA: http://www.economist.com/node/21554514

[7] mass surveillance on Americans is harmful to national security: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/07/the-fact-that-mass-surveillance-doesnt-keep-us-safe-goes-mainstream.html

[8] many of our counter-terrorism efforts since 9/11: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/04/americas-anti-terrorism-policies-since-911-have-been-a-dismal-failure.html

[9] 3-5 trillion: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=acXcm.yk56Ko

[10] $6 trillion dollars: http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-iraq-war-cost-20130318,0,1591279.story

[11] Iraq had no connection to 9/11: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/10/5-hours-after-the-911-attacks-donald-rumsfeld-said-my-interest-is-to-hit-saddam-he-also-said-go-massive-sweep-it-all-up-things-related-and-not-and-at-2.html

[12] labelled as “potential terrorism”: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/08/u-s-government-may-on-a-whim-label-any-american-a-terrorist.html

[13] trashing our Constitutional liberties: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/02/constitution.html

[14] The Government’s ‘Passion’ to Protect Us: http://www.prisonplanet.com/the-governments-passion-to-protect-us.html

[15] Obama Is Treating the Dictator in Egypt Exactly Like He’s Treating the Tyrants on Wall Street: http://www.prisonplanet.com/obama-is-treating-the-dictator-in-egypt-exactly-like-hes-treating-the-tyrants-on-wall-street.html

[16] Feds Label Bulk Buying of Food a Potential Terrorist Activity: http://www.prisonplanet.com/feds-label-bulk-buying-of-food-a-potential-terrorist-activity.html

[17] FBI: Paying Cash For a Cup of Coffee a ‘Potential Indicator of Terrorist Activity’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/fbi-paying-cash-for-a-cup-of-coffee-a-potential-indicator-of-terrorist-activity.html

[18] If You Love “Individual Liberty” Of If You “Believe In Conspiracy Theories” You Are A Potential Terrorist: http://www.prisonplanet.com/according-to-a-new-dhs-report-if-you-love-%e2%80%9cindividual-liberty%e2%80%9d-of-if-you-%e2%80%9cbelieve-in-conspiracy-theories%e2%80%9d-you-are-a-potential-terrorist.html

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