Bruce Schneier, one of the designers of the 5-star twofish public-domain encryption algorithm, is always a good read on matters of security. His essay Refuse to be Terrorized, from Sept. 2006, is as relevant today as it was then and before. His thesis is that terrorism succeeds when it makes us afraid. He argues that terrorist acts are no different than any other risks in our lives (like driving a car, getting mugged, whatever…). And he does the math on how the current “counter-measures” are awfully counter-productive.
Also, there’s a pretty comprehensive Q&A with Schneier on Freakonomics.
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