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Top Security Expert: Treating EVERYONE Like A Potential Terrorist Weakens Our Ability To Protect America

Posted on August 15, 2013 | WashingtonsBlog

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.

[A] Yes.

[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.

[A] Right.

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This was good as well

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/08/spy-on-me-im-innocent...

"Spy on Me, I’m Innocent!
...The logic is completely flawed, however. As FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley remarks, if you’re looking for a needle in a haystack, adding more hay doesn’t help. It makes you less likely to find the needle. A government that sucks up ever vaster quantities of useless information on innocent people actually hurts its own ability to investigate crimes. And the imagined intimidating effect of things like surveillance cameras in public spaces doesn’t actually reduce crime; it merely makes us think of each other as potential criminals."