Bob Schneier is a security expert who is also concerned with civil liberties, so he’s the kind of guy who doesn’t cut the TSA a lot of slack. What does he think about the virtually city-wide lockdown of Boston during the manhunt for the fugitive bombers? In this blog entry, he explains why he didn’t object and also links to posts by others who did object.
Me? I’m with Bob on this one. I think the counterexample of the way London wasn’t locked down when some of the subway bombers fled doesn’t work because they just fled. As opposed to the Marathon bombers who hijacked cars, killed cops, got into gunfights, and threw bombs. Frankly, I think calling the lockdown “house arrest” is a stretch. I would have been staying indoors, too.