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Thursday, January 19, 2006 

Liberty Increases Security

From the Scientific American essay "Murdercide: Science unravels the myth of suicide bombers"
Another method [of reducing terrorism], says Princeton University economist Alan B. Krueger, is to increase the civil liberties of the countries that breed terrorist groups. In an analysis of State Department data on terrorism, Krueger discovered that "countries like Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, which have spawned relatively many terrorists, are economically well off yet lacking in civil liberties. Poor countries with a tradition of protecting civil liberties are unlikely to spawn suicide terrorists. Evidently, the freedom to assemble and protest peacefully without interference from the government goes a long way to providing an alternative to terrorism.
Blogger John Quarterman is absolutely right when he states:
"Not only does curtailing civil liberties not assist much in the short term with catching terrorists, in the long term it actually breeds terrorists. After all, terrorism isn't about religion, or poverty, or even nationalism: it is about politics. The politics of civil liberties."
Via Schneier on Security

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