The Myth of Homeland Security

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John Wiley & Sons, Nov 24, 2003 - Computers - 304 pages
"As I write this, I'm sitting in a restaurant in a major U.S. airport, eating my breakfast with a plastic knife and fork. I worked up quite an appetite getting here two hours early and shuffling in the block-long lines until I got to the security checkpoint where I could take off my shoes, remove my belt, and put my carry-on luggage through the screening system .

"What's going on? It's homeland security. Welcome to the new age of knee-jerk security at any price. Well, I've paid, and you've paid, and we'll all keep paying-but is it going to help? Have we embarked on a massive multibillion-dollar boondoggle that's going to do nothing more than make us feel more secure? Are we paying nosebleed prices for "feel-good" measures? .

"This book was painful to write. By nature, I am a problem solver. Professionally I have made my career out of solving complex problems efficiently by trying to find the right place to push hard and make a difference. Researching the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, CIA, INS, the PATRIOT Act, and so forth, one falls into a rabbit's hole of interdependent lameness and dysfunction. I came face to face with the realization that there are gigantic bureaucracies that exist primarily for the sole purpose of prolonging their existence, that the very structure of bureaucracy rewards inefficiency and encourages territorialism and turf warfare."

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Chapter 1 Homeland Security A Convenient Invention
Chapter 2 A Multitude of Myths
Chapter 3 The Politics of Homeland Security
Chapter 4 The Homeland Security Shuffle
Chapter 5 Running for the Border Immigration
Chapter 6 Airline Insecurity
Chapter 7 Irresistible Force versus Inscrutable Object
Chapter 8 The Media Disaster du Jour
Chapter 9 The Electronic Pearl Harbor
Chapter 10 IT American Style
Chapter 11 The Business of Computer Security
Chapter 12 The Price Tag of Fear

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MARCUS J. RANUM is an outspoken security expert whose clients include government agencies, FORTUNE 500 companies, national governments, federal agencies, and technology firms. He has held senior scientist positions at several technology companies and is a much sought after speaker for his work as a catalyst for change in the scientific community.

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