Security Theater

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Since the bombings of last year’s Boston Marathon, the city has been planning to ramp up security. Planning has been going on all through this winter, and will be up and running (ha-ha) in this year’s event. With just about a month to go, preparations are still under way, and with 9,000 more runners than last year, there will be definite hurdles to overcome for anyone involved in event security. The Boston Marathon next month will have a number of enhanced safety measures after last year’s deadly bombing, including thousands of uniformed and plainclothes officers and bomb-sniffing dogs. NYTimes: At […]

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…for a bigger and better SB! We’re in the process of building a new and better design for this site, and there’s a few reasons for that. – The framework we’re on is outdated, and it’s slow. – We want the site to load faster and better for everyone who’s interested in our stuff – About half our visitors (hell, about half of anyone’s visitors) use mobile devices, and to be honest, we look like turds on mobile devices right now. So. Better, faster, happier, more productive. Well. The first three, anyway. There will be some downtime and some weird […]

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Thumbnail image for Knives on a Plane – is the DHS catching up?

The latest news from the DHS and TSA is that they’re “relaxing” their restrictions on certain items, namely such things as small blades. Surprisingly, the TSA has taken some flak about this, and Pistole, amongst others, have been seen defending the position in the media and “on the hill”, as they saying goes. So what do we think about it? TSA plays catch-up. Again. The TSA likes to take credit for stuff. It’s just the way their hive mind works. As usual, they make sure that we understand that this is something that has been carefully considered and analyzed by […]

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Thumbnail image for State of the TSA: Dialogue Breakdown Imminent

If you’re in the unfortunate position of following the TSA blog, you may have noticed what we’re about to talk about already – the near-complete lack of anything even remotely useful what so ever. We may have said that before, but the problem is even more prominent now. So what happened to the “dialogue”? “Blogger Bob”? The TSA blog started out pretty ambitiously in 2008, when the TSA announced that it was going to be an ongoing attempt at information sharing, dialogue and conversation about screening, technology and security. Or, as the TSA puts it; This blog is sponsored by […]

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Thumbnail image for Explosives Detection and “Alarm Resolution”? Decoding TSA-speak

The TSA doesn’t really want you to read what’s in here. They’ve said so many times, and their SOPs even say so. Here’s what’s strange, though: all the information we’ve got here is available to anyone who’ve worked some kind of advanced security, read a couple of books on the subject and searched through some patent archives. And that’s why we’re going to tell you how the TSA’s mystical “Explosives Trace Detection” works, what it does and what they really mean when they talk about “alarm resolution”. It’s simpler than you think… TSA and SSI, K-I-S-S-I-N-G… If you’ve been unlucky […]

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