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Five Myths about Airport Security by author Richard E. Wackrow

Five Myths About Airport Security

Speaker: Richard E. Wackrow

At some point in the last 12 years, the US government's war on terror crossed a threshold -- from working to prevent another major terrorist attack on American soil to being a voracious counterterrorism-industrial complex that to a large extent exists for its own sake.

Nothing demonstrates this better than the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Since its inception in November 2001, the TSA has neither collared a would-be terrorist attempting to board a passenger plane in the United States, nor failed to collar a would-be terrorist who did so. Not one single terrorist.

In this talk, Richard E. Wackrow, author of the recent book "Who's Winning the War on Terror," will demonstrate how the TSA's highly touted "layered security measures" aren't making airline passengers much safer than before 9/11. He will also examine how and why the probability of another major terrorist attack has been consistently and woefully left out of the security-vs.-liberty equation.


Wackrow is a retired print journalist living in Montana. He was a reporter and editor for suburban newspapers in several markets, and has written for the Dallas Morning News, Entrepreneur magazine and other major publications. In 2013, he received the Skeptic's Toolbox In the Trenches Award for his efforts in introducing the war on terror to the skeptics community. His meticulously researched first book "Who's Winning the War on Terror" is available on and

This event is cosponsored by cfi Salem Humanists and the statewide Oregon local skeptics group Oregonians for Science and Reason.

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