Microsoft Official Speaks Out on Costly "So-Called War on Terror"

Microsoft official Steve Riley speaks out on Bush’s “So-called War on Terror” in a recent interview at APC.mag:

When does too much security become, well, too much? According to Steve Riley (pictured below), senior security strategist at Microsoft, it becomes too much when the cost of mitigating the risk outweighs the cost of that which you are trying to protect

Steve applied this same train of logic to other, more worldly scenarios. Child kidnapping for example – apparently American parents are paranoid about kidnapping, and so forbid their children to talk to strangers. The result, according to Steve, is a generation which can’t ask for help when the only source of help is a stranger, and a general and unacceptable reduction in human interaction which is the basis of any civilised society.

He prefers to tell his own kids that “…most adults are kind and honest and will help you if you need helping. But no adult needs your help to find their dog.” Teach them to recognise the attacks, rather than react negatively to an imagined fear.

And this goes all the way up to the US’s so-called “War on Terror”. According to Steve, are any of us really made safer by taking our shoes off to go through metal detectors? Surely X-ray scanners which can see right through people’s clothing is an unacceptable breach of privacy? At the very least, do we want to live in a society where this is the accepted norm?

It would be interesting to ask Steve how many Americans need to be lost before “the cost of mitigating the risk outweighs the cost of that which you are trying to protect?”
Hat Tip S. Wallace

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