Don’t fear the dummies…

And no, I’m not talking about mannequins. Those really are quite scary (but that’s a subject for another post maybe some other day).

What I’m talking about are the run-of-the-mill nitwits [tag]Bruce Schneier[/tag] talks about in his latest blog post on the subject of security. Schneier’s blog looks into the recent [tag]JFK airport plot[/tag] and why NYC Mayor Bloomberg seems to be the only public figure to have said anything sensible about this laughable plot that the media have puffed up into some kind of uber-threat.

Here’s a quote:

The alleged plan, to blow up JFK’s fuel tanks and a small segment of the 40-mile petroleum pipeline that supplies the airport, was ridiculous. The fuel tanks are thick-walled, making them hard to damage. The airport tanks are separated from the pipelines by cutoff valves, so even if a fire broke out at the tanks, it would not back up into the pipelines. And the pipeline couldn’t blow up in any case, since there’s no oxygen to aid combustion. Not that the terrorists ever got to the stage — or demonstrated that they could get there — where they actually obtained explosives. Or even a current map of the airport’s infrastructure.

I’ve written about this subject before and linked to previous Schneier articles on the subject. I agree with Schneier’s characterization of most so-called homeland security precautions as movie-plot security. We’re not protecting ourselves from intelligent and dangerous folks, we’re protecting ourselves from people whose imaginations are as limited as the plot to your typical Bruce Willis film. If [tag]Jerry Bruckheimer[/tag] decides to become an Islamist funadmentalist then the TSA and the rest of the Dept. of Homeland Security might actually protect us from him, but they’re not going to do much good against the kind of folks who pulled off the 9/11/01 attack, the Madrid train bombing or cooked up the London bomb plot.

Thanks to Boing Boing for the link.

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