Reflecting on the inadequacy of the debate over control orders, I found this snippet in draft, taken from Schneier on Security: Portrait of the Modern Terrorist as an Idiot:

The recently publicized terrorist plot to blow up John F. Kennedy International Airport, like so many of the terrorist plots over the past few years, is a study in alarmism and incompetence: on the part of the terrorists, our government and the press.

Terrorism is a real threat, and one that needs to be addressed by appropriate means. But allowing ourselves to be terrorized by wannabe terrorists and unrealistic plots — and worse, allowing our essential freedoms to be lost by using them as an excuse — is wrong.

I recommend the whole article.

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