Thursday, November 02, 2006

These are the ones who defend us ...

... no, not talking about the troops, rather that bureaucratic behemoth that is the Dept. of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration. Two stories from Wired that just boggle the mind.

The virus that ate DHS chronicles a sad tale of the Customs and Border Patrol's (CBP) attempt to repel the attacks by a worm. Wired magazine had to sue in court to access the documents under the Freedom of Information Act.

The Boarding Pass brouhaha is secuirty-expert Bruce Schneier's analysis of the incident where a researcheer put a tool on his website that let anyone print a boarding pass and got into trouble for it. As Mr. Schneier asks: why isn't TSA in trouble for this?

Air security continues to be handled in the most ham-handed, paranoid, bureaucractic and dictatorial way. That is not good for anyone, except for the terrorists.

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