I read this article when it came out a few years back;
Really good coverage on why the existing security measures where ineffective against the threats encountered until *after* the threat had already been encountered, which is too late.
reading this article now:
reminded me of it, especially this bit:
So ok, terrorists haven't managed to fly anymore planes into buildings since 9/11, thats a good thing. In the meantime personal liberties in western countries have been eroded by an enormous degree, the US has invaded a country (that still shocks me!) on false pretences, and become a party to illegal detention and the use of torture. What price your soul?
At the same time, the greatest threat to US (perhaps the world?) National Security since the end of the Cold War has been brewing, in the form of the current freeze-up of the financial markets triggered by the sub-prime mortgage collapse. So we successfully defended against future repeats of the last threat (arguably some might say), while completely missing the next great threat. If you tally up financial cost and increased mortality due to financial-related suicide & murders during this period, I dare say the cost in dollars and human lives will outstrip 9/11.
Yes we need to guard against attacks similar to what's been encountered in the past, but we also need to have open eyes in seeing dangers from new and unexpected directions. Prior to 9/11 there was intelligence about a potential attack using planes that was ignored, leading up the current crisis there were warning signs that were ignored. We need to stop ignoring good intelligence just because we haven't seen it before.