"TSA Oversight Part III: Effective Security or Security Theater?"

Bruce Schneier:

I was supposed to testify today about the TSA in front of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. I was informally invited a couple of weeks ago, and formally invited last Tuesday.

On Friday, at the request of the TSA, I was removed from the witness list. The excuse was that I am involved in a lawsuit against the TSA, trying to get them to suspend their full-body scanner program. But it's pretty clear that the TSA is afraid of public testimony on the topic, and especially of being challenged in front of Congress. They want to control the story, and it's easier for them to do that if I'm not sitting next to them pointing out all the holes in their position. Unfortunately, the committee went along with them.

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3 Responses:

  1. thx1138 says:

    The TSA is involved in a lawsuit against the TSA. Does that mean the TSA should be removed from the witness list too?

  2. Kevin says:

    Why does the TSA get any say on the witnesses who testify against the TSA?

  3. Well, if you still want to see your one-on-one debate between Bruce and the TSA, this Economist Mag debate will have to do.