TSA gets Bruce Schneier booted from House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing


22 Responses to “TSA gets Bruce Schneier booted from House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing”

  1. PrestoVivace says:

    The Chair of the Committee, Darrell Issa is on Twitter. Anyone so inclined can tweet the link to Schneier’s testimony to @DarrellIssa

  2. Pedantic Douchebag says:

    I think the TSA might be taking “security through obscurity” a bit too far.

  3. Brainspore says:

    I admit to being a layperson on the subject but the name “Bruce Schneier” is literally the only one that comes to mind when I think “Security Expert.”

  4. “Hey, if you don’t like it, sue me (because if you happen to protest here and now you will SO get your rights and all other sorts of things violated when no one is looking (we can assure you that NO ONE will be looking))!” 


    “Hmpf!  Fine, then!  NOW you don’t get to talk about us in front of our parents!  Nyah nyah!”

    Yes, everyone involved truly just wants the US to be safe and and to do so in an efficient, effective manner without unnecessary spending while “balancing” personal liberties and rights against trying to stop the British/Spanish/commie red menace/Charlie/terrorists.  Since the WTC hasn’t been blown up again it’s clearly working.

    • MikeB says:

      ha, just wait till that there freedom tower is finished. the TSA is just getting warmed up.

      • Cowicide says:

         I’m expecting the freedom tower to be the most locked-down, non-free tower on earth when it’s finished.

        • digi_owl says:

          “Welcome to Freedom Tower, please strip in public view and put your clothings along with your belongings in this bomb proof box before entering. You will be provided with one orange jumpsuit to wear for the duration of the stay.”

  5. Teller says:

    What’d he expect, showing up with the arrow-through-his-head gag?

  6. BombBlastLightingWaltz says:

    Fight for your dream. 

  7. Mordicai says:

    Classic conflict of interests.  Bruce Schneier conflicts with their interests.

  8. SedanChair says:

    Among empire insiders, unvarnished truth is the highest taboo.

  9. Sparkstalker says:

     At least the TSA was upfront about it with their weasel excuse. I’d half expect them to surreptitiously place Bruce on the no-fly list a few days before the hearing…

  10. beforewepost says:

    I don’t know which is more appalling…The TSA telling Congress they won’t testify if Schneier does or Congress caving in.  

  11. billstewart says:

    If Schneier doesn’t get to testify because of the lawsuit, neither do the TSA’s spokescritters.  Gotta stay fair and balanced, here.

  12. David Smith says:

    TSA refusing to let Schneier testify… reminds me of a drunk driver refusing to take a breathalyzer test; the refusal saying almost as much as the test.  

  13. Cowicide says:

    TSA acting like obtuse cowards again.  Thank god the terror threat is overhyped or we’d all be dead by now.

  14. Elvis Huxley says:

    Note that the committee asked for public input BEFORE the hearing.   They only got 350 responses, a turnout too apathetic to spur change.

    If only certain well-read blogs cared enough to do something yesterday.  Maybe it’s more fun to complain once the moment has passed.

    • Frank Ney says:

       We’ve been complaining for ten years.  Just look at Travel Underground.  Or Flyer Talk before DHS got at the board and explained what would happen to their families if the complaints didn’t stop.

      And what kind of congressional idiot requires Facebook for “public input” anyway?

  15. howaboutthisdangit says:

    Schneier is a security professional, unlike the hacks and quacks at the TSA. Naturally, they don’t want to face him.

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