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Security, Liberties and Trade-Offs in the War on Terrorism

January 14, 2005

The law firm of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C. and Wayne State University's Center for the Study of Citizenship present a lecture by Bruce Schneier, entitled "Security, Liberties and Trade-Offs in the War on Terrorism," Monday, January 24, at 7:00 p.m. in the McGregor Conference Center at WSU. Bruce Schneier is the chief technical officer at Counterpane Internet Security, Inc. and the author of Beyond Fear: Thinking Sensibly about Security in an Uncertain World. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Schneier’s lecture will be followed by a discussion of the effectiveness of the war on terrorism. Schneier will address which post- 9/11 security systems work, and which are simply "security theater." Learn why most security measures don't work and why bad security is worse than none at all. Learn how to take charge of your own security – personal, family, corporate and national.

“Security is of much interest to all of us, in both our personal and professional lives,” said P. Rivka Schochet, attorney at Miller Canfield. “Throughout our nation, both public and private entities have increased spending and passed policy to gain greater security. It’s important for people to learn how security works, how it fails, and what kind of tradeoffs we need to make.”

“Since 9/11, we have the Patriot Act, tighter airport screening, a proposed national I.D. card, color-coded national alerts, irradiated mail and a Department of Homeland Security; but are we any less vulnerable to terrorist attacks?” said Dr. Marc Kruman, director of Wayne State’s Center for the Study of Citizenship.

Wayne State University is a premier institution offering more than 350 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to more than 33,000 students in metropolitan Detroit. The Center for the Study of Citizenship at Wayne State University promotes research and intellectual exchange about citizenship among a global community of scholars, students, practitioners, and the general public.

The 330-attorney law firm of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C. was established in Detroit in 1852 and has offices in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Howell, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Monroe, and Troy, Michigan. Other offices are located in New York City, Pensacola, Florida, Washington, D.C., Windsor, Ontario, and in Gdynia, Katowice, and Warsaw, Poland.