Der Kryptologe Bruce Schneier schreibt seit Jahren über das security theatre, das darin besteht, nach einem terroristischen Akt Sicherheitsmaßnahmen nach dessen genauem Verlauf zu planen, anstatt in die Zukunft zu denken. Ein guter Text anläßlich der aktuellen Ereignisse:
The best way to help people feel secure is by acting secure around them. Instead of reacting to terrorism with fear, we — and our leaders — need to react with indomitability, the kind of strength shown by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill during World War II.
The best way to help people feel secure is by acting secure around them.
By not overreacting, by not responding to movie-plot threats, and by not becoming defensive, we demonstrate the resilience of our society, in our laws, our culture, our freedoms. There is a difference between indomitability and arrogant “bring ’em on” rhetoric. There’s a difference between accepting the inherent risk that comes with a free and open society, and hyping the threats.
We should treat terrorists like common criminals and give them all the benefits of true and open justice — not merely because it demonstrates our indomitability, but because it makes us all safer.