XZRS: MAUREEN WEBB - Illusions of Security - Global Surveillance and Democracy
04 February 2019

XZRS: MAUREEN WEBB - Illusions of Security - Global Surveillance and Democracy

The 'X' Zone Broadcast Network

Illusions of Security: Global Surveillance and Democracy in the Post-9/11 World - How well are our national security measures working? Maureen Webb says the latest incident in Times Square shows the surveillance systems that have been implemented since 9/11 are affecting ordinary citizens but not real terrorists. "Tragedy in Times Square was averted not by the 82 cameras monitoring the streets in the area, but by an alert citizen who called the police and got the bomb squad there. The break in the case came, not from some futuristic data mining program, but through old-fashioned police work. Had an old-fashioned all-points alert been relied on to close the borders to the suspect, it might have worked better than the no-fly system with its swollen list, said to contain at various times between 44,000 and 1,000,000 names." Webb says the list has become so unwieldy it can't work in an urgent situation. Webb's book is "Illusions of Security: Global Surveillance and Democracy in the Post-9/11 World." - www.amazon.ca