Skating on Stilts: Why We Aren't Stopping Tomorrow's Terrorism

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Hoover Press, Sep 1, 2013 - Political Science - 360 pages
Stewart A. Baker, a former Homeland Security official, examines the technologies we love—jet travel, computer networks, and biotech—and finds that they are likely to empower new forms of terrorism unless we change our current course a few degrees and overcome resistance to change from business, foreign governments, and privacy advocates. He draws on his Homeland Security experience to show how that was done in the case of jet travel and border security but concludes that heading off disasters in computer networks and biotech will require a hardheaded recognition that privacy must sometimes yield to security, especially as technology changes the risks to both.

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This book is a must read for serious security students and those professionals in the field looking for additional insight on how the security landscape is developed here on the homeland. Stewart Baker has done a wonderful job at pulling together some excellent examples of just how difficult it can be to safeguard the greatest nation on earth.
In some ways students of government may also view this book as a flip 360 degrees. As the same designers who put the legal infrastructure in place now realize how it truly inhibits the nation from protecting itself.
In the end, the good guys win and we as a nation stand grateful to Stewart and others as they shaped DHS in protection of our country.
Good job here!
Joseph Concannon
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Stewart A. Baker was the first assistant secretary for policy at the Department of Homeland Security from 2005 to 2009. He now practices law at Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, D.C., and is a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution. His law practice covers homeland security, international trade, cybersecurity, data protection, and foreign investment regulation. Baker has also served as general counsel of the Robb-Silberman Commission investigating intelligence failures before the Iraq war (2004–5), as general counsel of the National Security Agency (1992–94), and as deputy general counsel of the Education Department (1979–81). He clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court and Judge Frank M. Coffin on the First Circuit Court.

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