… As you stand in endless lines this holiday season, here’s a comforting thought: all those security measures accomplish nothing, at enormous cost. …Since 9/11, the U.S. has spent more than $1.1 trillion on homeland security.
The only effective policy out of all this post 9/11 waste was the inexpensive and obvious hardening of airplane cockpit doors. Largely based upon discussions with our favorite security guru Bruce Schneier, this Charles Mann article demonstrates the reality of security theater:
To a large number of security analysts, this expenditure makes no sense. The vast cost is not worth the infinitesimal benefit. Not only has the actual threat from terror been exaggerated, they say, but the great bulk of the post-9/11 measures to contain it are little more than what Schneier mocks as “security theater”: actions that accomplish nothing but are designed to make the government look like it is on the job. In fact, the continuing expenditure on security may actually have made the United States less safe.
US voters – you can stop this nonsense.