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Treating EVERYONE Like a Potential Terrorist Weakens Our Ability to Protect America
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Washington’s Blog 
August 16, 2013
Bruce Schneier is an internationally-recognized  security expert  who regularly writes for CNN , Wired and other publications. Schneier’s blog was just listed by Time as one of the 25 best blogs  in the world. Schneier trounced the former head of the TSA  (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 , 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 .
[Q] For example, Nobel prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz calculates that the U.S. will end up spending $3-5 trillion  dollars in the Iraq war [a Brown University study actually concluded that the Iraq war could end up costing $6 trillion dollars ]. Yet the 9/11 Commission found that Iraq had no connection to 9/11 .
[Q] Similarly, “mission creep” has resulted in numerous activities – including protesting or being a privacy advocate – being labelled as “potential terrorism” .
Putting aside the fact that this is trashing our Constitutional liberties , 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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URLs in this post:
 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
 internationally-recognized: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Schneier
 security expert: http://www.schneier.com/about.html
 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
 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/
 trounced the former head of the TSA: http://www.economist.com/node/21554514
 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
 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
 3-5 trillion: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=acXcm.yk56Ko
 $6 trillion dollars: http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-iraq-war-cost-20130318,0,1591279.story
 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
 labelled as “potential terrorism”: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/08/u-s-government-may-on-a-whim-label-any-american-a-terrorist.html
 trashing our Constitutional liberties: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/02/constitution.html
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