2004-03-18

Ex-US-Sicherheitsberater vs. Big-Brother-Sehnsucht

--- Die aus der Angst vor Anschl�gen gesch�rte Big-Brother-Sehnsucht und die neu erwachte Sicherheitsobsession bringt nichts, schreibt Richard Clarke, ehemaliger Cybersecurity-Zar der US-Regierung, im Magazin Time. Der Terror gegen die so genannten "weichen Ziele" l�sst sich schlie�lich selbst in einer Orwell-Gesellschaft nie ganz vermeiden: The dirty little secret among security experts is that our society and economy are fragile. Shopping malls, casinos, theme parks and stadiums share a vulnerability to the sort of attacks seen in Madrid. In all these places, as with train stations, tens of thousands of people push through essentially unguarded portals in short periods of time. Since 9/11, owners of these facilities have feared that a few such attacks, indeed even just one, would keep customers away long enough to bring bankruptcy. ... Defense against such attacks is so disproportionately difficult that even setting up costly protection does not assure success. The attacker has the advantage. In such circumstances, security officials cannot just play defense. They must not wait to pick the terrorist out of the crowd at Grand Central Terminal in the minutes before he sets the timer. Terrorist cells must be infiltrated overseas. ... in addition to placing more cameras on our subway platforms, maybe we should be asking why the terrorists hate us. If we do not focus on the reasons for terrorism as well as the terrorists, the body searches we accept at airports may be only the beginning of life in the new fortress America. Ach ja, ein Buch hat Clarke bald auch zu promoten: Against All Enemies: Inside the White House's War on Terror--What Really Happened.

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