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security theatre

security theatre
 n.— «Security expert Bruce Schneier likes to call it “security theatre.” “Elected government officials are concerned about re-election and need to be seen by the public as doing something to improve security.”» —“Security-as-theatre intrusive, ineffective;Smoke and mirrors security fails” by Tyler Hamilton Toronto Star (Can.) Sept. 1, 2003. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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