He didn’t get sick or have something better to do. Hell, he didn’t even miss a flight. Instead, according to Schneier, the TSA itself had him removed from the panel: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.
As Tim Lee notes in reporting on this story, the TSA has done similar things in the past, and even been rebuked by Rep. Jason Chaffetz — and yet it had no problem doing it again. The fact that Schneier is a part of that lawsuit is meaningless and shouldn’t stop him from testifying at all. Schneier is a clear thorn in the side of the TSA, and if it’s so afraid of having him speak to Congress, that really says a lot about the (lack of) confidence it has in its own arguments. If you can’t stand to let a critic speak, it suggests that perhaps your own argument isn’t very strong.
Posting designs like this one makes me paranoid, because I can’t shake the feeling that it’s not original. I enjoyed the process regardless, but please let me know if somebody else beat me to the idea!
This is a really great comic tribute to Steve Jobs by Joel Watson (Hijinksensue). The rollover on the comic says it all, “One more thing, Steve. Thanks.”
My memories of 9/11 are like most people’s who lived near New York City. The sky was so blue. I was worried about my aunt and uncle and cousins who all lived or worked in lower Manhattan. They were all ok. My uncle made it to my aunt’s apartment covered in soot and ash. All of it was absolutely horrifying. Even though I will never forget the sights and sounds of the particular day, what I remember most happened afterward.
In early October the Red Cross set up respite centers around Ground Zero for the recovery workers. I started volunteering on the overnight shift after work. The first thing that will always stay with me was the first night I was there. They bused us in from Brooklyn and we had to wear hard hats and masks. A couple of hours into the shift, a friend came to get me. There was a door outside of the kitchens that led outside. We were on the fourth or fifth floor. The first thing that struck me was that there were still fires burning. A month later there was still fire and smoke. Then I turned to my right to see a parking garage. It was a few stories high and filled with cars. The cars were all covered in dust. They were exactly where they were on 9/11, and most of the owners of those cars were dead.
The second memory was a couple of weeks later. I was giving out supplies to the workers that came in during breaks to eat and rest. A firefighter came in and he had burns up and down his forearms from sparks and the torches they were using to cut the metal in the debris. He had hardly any voice left. I gave him some antibiotic cream for his arms, a toothbrush and toothpaste, and pair of sweatpants that he could sleep in. He told me he was looking for his brother. He showed me his picture. Then he thanked me for being there. That morning when I got home I couldn’t stop crying.
Every year I think about him and hope that he found the remains of his brother.
SyFy has done it again! This is how I imagine the meeting at SyFy.
Exec 1: A show about space? We can’t possibly show it on air!
Exec 2: Toss the nerds a bone and slap it on SyFy.com
Steve Jobs resigned as the CEO of Apple today, which makes me a very sad monkey.
Though it wasn’t explicitly said, it seems this is due to his health. As a fellow cancer survivor, I know how draining and harsh treatment can be. I wish Steve all the best and thank him for the awesome things he has created over the years.