Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Posner poses a question

The brilliant, controversial, and unbelievably prolific Judge Richard Posner is guest blogging over at Larry Lessig's blog. In addition to a lot of interesting posts about copyright, check out his views on terrorism:
Although the 9/11 Commission’s report is a good read, and has other virtues as well, one of its greatest weaknesses is its failure to address, other than in passing, terrorist risks that are even greater than that of another 9/11: in particular the risks of bioterrorism, nuclear terrorism, and cyberterrorism. The Commission’s recommendations are concerned essentially with preventing a more or less exact repetition of the 9/11 attacks, which are any event the least likely form of a future terrorist attack, since surprise has been lost. We give our adversaries little credit if we suppose that the only attack they can launch is the one we’ve anticipated. They didn’t make that mistake on 9/11; why should they now?


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