9 years ago: Mysterious ways

August 10, 2004, on this blog: Mysterious ways

The Department of Homeland Security hasn’t done much in terms of making our ports safer. And security at our chemical plants is still largely voluntary and inadequate. And first-responders are little better equipped to handle an attack than they were on Sept. 10, 2001. And the guardsmen and reservists who might otherwise respond to such an event have all been shipped overseas.

But the threat of Finnish scholars coming over here and writing monographs on the third person of the Godhead? DHS is all over that.

  • A Kaleberg

    It’s all security theater. No, I don’t feel any safer.

    Ages ago, when I was an undergraduate, I was having a talk with a friend who was in Navy ROTC. Not being a military sort, I imagined defense involved having fortifications, big cannons and the like, so you can imagine my surprise when he started talking about two hundred mile perimeters, hundred mile perimeters and the like. Basically, a good defense was basically invisible. It’s invisibility was actually one of its strengths.

    Later I learned of architectural approaches to security and a lot more about how wars are prevented, fought and won. Having soldiers standing around on street corners with automatic weapons means you have basically lost, but are too stupid to know it.


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