I was wondering…
What would a world-renowned security expert make of the plans to arm Blackheath with missiles?
So I emailed him:
I’m a big fan of your security essays, and subscribe to your weekly Crypto-gram.
The UK government has recently decided to place surface to air
missiles in my local park, to protect us against terrorist attacks
during the Olympics.
I was wondering if you’d be interested in writing something about this
as a tactic to increase security. Does it matter if the missiles are
loaded? Is it the right thing to do? etc etc..
Here’s the reply:
Sounds like a dumb idea to me.
Short and to the point. We always protect against the previous terror threat. See this essay, for example:
Voting for missile defense makes for better campaigning than increasing intelligence funding. Elected officials want to do something visible, even if it turns out to be ineffective.
Something to ask Heidi Alexander on her trip around the houses today: