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security theater
 n.— «The secrecy culture cultivated by TSA demands an extensive deference which (as Barlow’s attorney pointed out) is often supposedly justified by saying “September 11, September 11, September 11.” But in fact many aspects of aviation security practice are still stupid and pointless, or, to be more polite and precise, they are security theater.» —“In the Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo” by Seth David Schoen Vitanuova Dec. 16, 2004. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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