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Huzzah, You Will Be Allowed to Wear Shoes Through Airport Security Soon

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By HVnews on September 6, 2011

Security expert Bruce Schneier coined the term “security theater” to put a fun label on what the TSA has been doing at our nation’s airports. The TSA’s security theater may make you feel safer when you fly, but it ultimately has no impact whatsoever on your chances of survival or terroristic death.

That’s why it’s fairly comforting that at a public appearance on Tuesday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano noted that soon enough you won’t have to press your bare soles against the cold floor of the airport of your choosing. Napolitano, perhaps 10 years too late, said:

“We are moving towards an intelligence and risk-based approach to how we screen,” Napolitano told Mike Allen during a morning forum at the Newseum. “I think one of the first things you will see over time is the ability to keep your shoes on. One of the last things you will [see] is the reduction or limitation on liquids.”

“The solution to many if not all of these inconveniences is better and better technology,” Napolitano added.

Huzzah! We’ve long asked why do we put up with this nonsense if it’s not effective in the slightest? Because it gives us the impression that it is. The sooner we all realize these tactics have no bearing on reality, the sooner we can stand up and say “Just let me keep my friggin’ shoes on, jerks.”

The only problem? She doesn’t say when.

As for ramping up security ahead of the 10-year anniversary of 9/11, Napolitano added:

“Many, many things have already been put in place not because there’s a specific, credible threat but we want Sunday to be a day of commemoration and remembrances and we want it to be safe,” the secretary said. “Not just DHS—a lot of other agencies in the federal government state and local gvoernments are really leaning forward to make sure we’re as safe and secure and we can be.”

She added, “We don’t have specific or credible information that an attack is pending, that’s not to say it isn’t…There’s no specific or credible threat. That’s the term of art. It’s also a possibility that we will have a lone actor a lone wolf decide, ‘This is a great day to get some attention. I’m going to do something’.”

Maybe now we’ll do things smart, and right, and not just giving off that appearance.


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