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Skating on Stilts: Why We Aren't Stopping Tomorrow's Terrorism

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Stewart A. Baker, a former Homeland Security official, examines the technologies we love—jet travel, computer networks, and biotech—and finds that they are likely to empower new forms of terrorism unless we change our current course a few degrees and overcome resistance to change from business, foreign governments, and privacy advocates. He draws on his Homeland Security ...more
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Hoover Institution Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jon
Aug 05, 2011 Jon rated it liked it
This book lays out the utterly not shocking argument that government is sometimes well intended but poorly executed. It details the legal/policy failures that led to 9/11 and the changes that were made in response. It goes on to argue that the next generation of terrorists attacks will likely involve computer hacking or biological threats.

It's an extremely detailed read with lots of acronyms and legal wrangling between countries and within our own government. It's an interesting if you are patie
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May 11, 2013 Gabriel Schoenfeld rated it it was amazing
A fascinating memoir of day-to-day life within a major Washington bureaucracy and an insider's analysis of the challenges to domestic security in the post 9/11 era. It is clear from the narrative presented here that our national-security bureaucracies oten operate at cross- purposes—and with maddening inefficiency—even when vital matters are at stake.
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Dec 28, 2015 Brendan Illis rated it liked it
This is really two books under one name. In the first 2/3rds of the book Baker lays out the legal / bureaucratic history of security measures taken by DHS and the NSA to prevent terrorist attacks, and how those efforts were undercut by politics, bureaucratic turf battles, and a privacy lobby which was unwilling to give an inch on any issue. His thesis is the first part of the book is that it is these roadblocks which cause 9/11 and will cause the next major attack on U.S. soil. This first part ...more
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