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How to Fly If You’re On the “No Fly List”

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Bruce Schneier explains how easy it is to get past security and fly on a plane even if you're on the supposed "no fly list"

Buy a ticket in some innocent person's name. At home, before your flight, check in online and print out your boarding pass. Then, save that web page as a PDF and use Adobe Acrobat to change the name on the boarding pass to your own. Print it again. At the airport, use the fake boarding pass and your valid ID to get through security. At the gate, use the real boarding pass in the fake name to board your flight.

His article on why the no-fly-list and photo ID checks are useless against terrorists here.

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USA Has 1 Million Terrorists!

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Schneier on the terrorist watch list:

The U.S terrorist watch list has hit one million names. I sure hope we're giving our millionth terrorist a prize of some sort. Who knew that a million people are terrorists. Why, there are only twice as many burglars in the U.S. And fifteen times more terrorists than arsonists. Is this idiotic, or what?
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Maine Given Ultimatum on REAL ID by DHS

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Many states have defied REAL ID for privacy (but mostly money) reasons. Now it looks like things are coming to a head with the DHS warning Maine that if they don't implement REAL ID, their identification may no longer be accepted at airports.

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The TSA Launches a Public Relations Blog

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In what appears to be an attempt to counter the black hole that is their reputation, the TSA has launced a blog called "Evolution of Security". Like most things Bushian, it starts out by inflating their viewpoint somehow implying that they are right about everything they do just in the title.

And their tagline:

Terrorists Evolve. Threats Evolve. Security Must Stay Ahead. You Play A Part.
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France to DNA Test Foreigner’s Before Granting Visas

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They say it's to prove that someone actually is related to someone in France before allowing them to move to France. But not to worry! They say the test is "voluntary"… assuming you don't want to enter France that is.

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The State of Airline Security From the Pilot’s Perspective

Almost six years after 9/11, it is inexcusable that — in an environment where TSA misses more than 90% of weapons, RON [aircraft left unattended and unlocked at night] aircraft are not secured, and ground employees are not screened — fewer than 2% of our airliners have a team of armed pilots aboard, fewer than 5% have air marshals, and the flight attendants have no mandatory tactical or behavioral assessment training. $24 billion dollars later, we are not materially safer, except in the areas of intelligence that prevent an attack from getting to an airport. Once at the airport, there is little reason to believe the attack won’t succeed.
Well said. Be sure to read the full thing which has a stinging review of the TSA's failed efforts to make airlines more secure. Keep in mind that this guy is the president of the Airline Pilots Security Alliance and he knows what he's talking about. JTAG ERROR: No schneier_ht index defined Tags: ,

US Snubs Canada

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In a continuing effort by the Bush administration and the ridiculous Department of Homeland Security to make sure there's not a country left in this world that supports us, the DHS has suddenly abandoned talks with Canada about traveler pre-screening.

"It's unacceptable to say it can't be figured out," former U.S. ambassador Gordon Giffin said Thursday from Calgary. "The U.S. can't just throw up its hands. It's almost childish, like they're taking their marbles and going home," said Giffin, who served in Canada from 1997 to 2001. "It's just not productive. For Pete's sake, we're working with Canada. We're not working with some Third World country."
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RFID Worst Case Scenario Has Arrived

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The people over at CASPIAN have warned about how companies are trying hard to get RFID tags into all their products without people knowing. Well, now they will. The anti-theft tags that nearly every product currently has will be combined with RFID technology so that nearly every item you walk out of the store with will also transmit a unique identifying number to any reader nearby. Theives, marketers and big brother are salivating.

You don't believe that companies are desperately interested in what you do every waking moment? Then you haven't been paying attention.

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Police “Book” Unruly 6 Year Olds

Stories like this give all police a bad name.
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Tantrum turns to police record.

She flailed away at the teachers who tried to control her. She pulled one woman’s hair. She was kicking.

Unless the kid has a knife or some other kind of weapon, nothing they can do could be counted as dangerous.

Desre’e was charged with battery on a school official, which is a felony, and two misdemeanors: disruption of a school function and resisting a law enforcement officer. After a brief stay at the county jail, she was released to the custody of her mother.

So your kid has a felony and two misdemeanors on record from the time they're 6? What was wrong with the normal way, calling her mother? So now this poor girl, her mother, the community, and most of the Internet all have less respect and trust for police officers. Great work Florida.

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Dept of Homeland Security Clueless – Says Privacy Isn’t at Risk

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Apparently the head of the DHS doesn't see why the REAL-ID act is such a big deal.

I'll make this very simple: Passports. E-voting. Airline security. Domestic spying. Not a great track record.

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