Thursday, December 31, 2009

Security Theater Leads To Ineffectual Laws And Measures: Also Applies To Medical Reform And Other Legislation

"Security theater" refers to security measures that make people feel more secure without doing anything to actually improve their security. An example: the photo ID checks that have sprung up in office buildings. No one has ever explained why verifying that someone has a photo ID provides any actual security, but it looks like security to have a uniformed guard-for-hire looking at ID cards.
From "Is aviation security mostly for show?" by Bruce Schneier, Special to CNN.

Current health reform proposed legislation is more theater than effective changes to our medical and health care system. So is much of what Congress and state legislatures do these days.

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