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Security because it’s fashionable

Posted by direwolff on July 20, 2006

If this post from Bruce Scheneier’s “Scheneier on Security” blog doesn’t epitomize so many of the pseudo-security initiatives that have taken place in our country since 9/11 then nothing does. It’s almost like our Department of Homeland Security sits around saying, “we’ll enforce this security measure unless a strong enough lobby fights us on it”, where the issue of whether the security measure actually works or is even truly useful and hopes to prevent anything at all is not in question.

Scheneier hits this issue dead on, but I thought it worthwhile to provide a taste of the news story below so you see how outrageous this is getting:

Some passport exemptions likely: US Homeland Security Boss

The U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security said while in Edmonton on Tuesday that certain types of travel will be exempt from new regulations on border crossings between Canada and the U.S.

“In particular, we will not be, for example, including in this set of regulations a requirement for passports for ferries or private watercraft, recognizing that this is a particular form of transportation that we don’t want to interfere with,” said [Michael] Chertoff.

Like somehow terrorists aren’t going to be using ferries or private watercraft. Is any one listening when these people are talking or can they really say just about anything and get away with it?! Check out the picture in the article, our faithful leader stands right there supporting his handpicked administrator. Please!

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