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04/03/2006 Archived Entry: "Bruce Schneier announces the Movie-Plot Threat Contest"
IF WE'RE GOING TO WORRY ABOUT UNLIKELY ATTACKS, WHY CAN'T THEY BE EXCITING AND INNOVATIVE ONES?
Bruce Schneier, one of the few genuine experts on security (in sharp contrast with the ignorant parasites that infest our three-letter agencies) has announced the Movie Plot Threat contest.
Entrants are invited to submit the most unlikely, yet still plausible, terrorist attack scenarios they can come up with.
Your goal: cause terror. Make the American people notice. Inflict lasting damage on the U.S. economy. Change the political landscape, or the culture. The more grandiose the goal, the better.
Assume an attacker profile on the order of 9/11: 20 to 30 unskilled people, and about $500,000 with which to buy skills, equipment, etc.
This is a great idea. Ridicule and rambunctious skepticism are the most appropriate response to almost all "security theater," another Schneier term for policies that have no real benefit but make (some) people feel better.
Posted by Silver @ 07:11 AM CST