Archives: 'Tolerance for security'

Doug Bedell — September 28, 2015, 12:38 pm

Chinese–U.S. Vow to End Computer Spying; Spam Too?

The U.S. and China, via their presidents talking with each other, have agreed not to “conduct economic espionage in cyberspace,” In Homeland Security reports via The Washington Post. That was a welcome outcome of the meeting between President Obama and China’s President Xi Jinping last week in Washington. On a lesser plane than espionage, though, […]

Doug Bedell — September 19, 2014, 11:40 am

Surveillance Over Security: A Fateful Choice

Bruce Schneier is tired of electronic surveillance – he’s a security guy, and bemoans the fact that the NSA and its like have opened the world to pervasive eavesdropping. “We have one infrastructure,” Schneier writes. “We can’t choose a world where the US gets to spy and the Chinese don’t. We get to choose a world where […]

Doug Bedell — July 9, 2014, 12:26 pm

Checking Electronic Devices on U.S.-Bound Flights

Here are two somewhat divergent views of the U.S. Homeland Security Department’s directive that cellphones and other electronic devices need to be turned on for security checks on flights to the U.S. On In Homeland Security, Glynn Cosker seems more tolerant of the advisability of the precaution than Arnold Bogis on Homeland Security Watch, who fears that “a perverse […]

Doug Bedell — September 25, 2013, 11:25 am

What a ‘Spooked’ U.S. Mall Would be Like

After the terrorist attack on the shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, What would a “spooked” U.S. shopping mall be like? Here, on Homeland Security Watch, are “Ten signs the U.S. is overreacting to the Nairobi Mall attack” – but not a prediction they will actually occur here. “Malls have not ignored security in the post […]

Doug Bedell — January 21, 2013, 10:07 am

Security Reminder: Effective Background Checks Are Part of the Picture

Perimeter security is important, gate guards, too, but screening of employees and recognition of visitors counts a lot, too. Such thoughts are prompted by a lengthy (Daily) Mail Online account of the attack on the BP natural gas plant in Algeria attacked by Al Qaeda. “Now there are claims,” says the report,  “that some of […]

Doug Bedell — October 1, 2012, 8:31 am

B&W Parts Company With an Oak Ridge Security Contractor

You can’t ever be satisfied that you’ve got security knocked. Take, for example, the Babcock & Wilcox plant at Oak Ridge, Tenn., where the nation’s weapons grade uranium is stored. The site was recently broken into by Megan Rice, an 82-year-old activist nun and two male accomplices. Now B&W is parting ways with WSI Oak […]

Doug Bedell — December 17, 2008, 3:53 pm

TSA Scores by Becoming More Relational

People will accept what they may view as the intrusion of security if they understand its purpose  and, at least as importantly, are treated well in the process. That appears to be the message in a recent poll of 2,800 people who were asked about the efficacy of government functions. Of all agencies, the Transportation […]