Java Zen:Thinking Out Loud Friday, 2017.12.15
Security systems fail in one of two ways. They can fail to stop the bad guy, and
they can mistakenly stop the good guy. The TSA likes to measure its success by
looking at the forbidden items they have prevented from being carried onto
aircraft, but that's wrong. Every time the TSA takes a pocketknife from an
innocent person, that's a security failure. It's a false alarm. The system has
prevented access where no prevention was required. This, coupled with the
widespread belief that the bad guys will find a way around the system,
demonstrates what a colossal waste of money it is.

		Bruce Schneier


One Arab’s Apology For 9/11

Emilio Karim Dabul:

WELL, here it is, five years late, but here just the same: an apology from an Arab-American for 9/11. No, I didn’t help organize the killers or contribute in any way to their terrible cause. However, I was one of millions of Arab-Americans who did the unspeakable on 9/11: nothing.

The only time I raised my voice in protest against these men who killed thousands of innocents in the name of Allah was behind closed doors, among the safety of friends and family. I did at one point write a very vitriolic essay condemning their actions, but fear of becoming another Salman Rushdie kept me from ever trying to publish it.

Well, I’m sick of saying the truth only in private – that Arabs around the world, including Arab-Americans like myself, need to start holding our own culture accountable for the insane, violent actions that our extremists have perpetrated on the world at large.

Yes, our extremists and our culture.

I would like to thank Mr. Dabul for his apology. But more importantly, I would like to congratulate him for his courage. What he has done, is no small thing. I wish him peace and a long, happy life with his family.