Bruce Schneier on The Daily Show

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This letter is to request that Bruce Schneier be interviewed on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart". This is the introduction to Mr. Schneier excerpted from his website (http://www.schneier.com/ ).

Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist and author. Described by The Economist as a "security guru," Schneier is best known as a refreshingly candid and lucid security critic and commentator. When people want to know how security really works, they turn to Schneier.

His first bestseller, Applied Cryptography, explained how the arcane science of secret codes actually works, and was described by Wired as "the book the National Security Agency wanted never to be published." His book on computer and network security, Secrets and Lies, was called by Fortune "[a] jewel box of little surprises you can actually use." His current book, Beyond Fear, tackles the problems of security from the small to the large: personal safety, crime, corporate security, national security.


"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" has become one of the only outlets in our current media landscape that has shown any inclination to critically evaluate current events that don't necessarily follow the debate as it is framed by powerful public figures and major media institutions. Given that security in many forms ( i.e. terrorism, national security, rogue states, weapons of mass destruction ) has become so important in our personal, political and media discussions, it would benefit us all to understand what it is that we're talking about. Another excerpt from his website, taken from the cover of his latest book, Beyond Fear:

Does arming pilots make flying safer? Will computerized voting machines make election results more accurate? Is online shopping with credit cards especially risky? Will a national ID card better protect us from terrorism?


Bruce Schneier is one of a rare few that can break down the process of rationally analyzing security topics that are emotionally charged, and then explain it to the rest of us. It would be a positive trend for democratic societies to make important decisions about their security concerns based on rational, critical discussion instead of fear.

I urge you to contact Mr. Schneier to request that he appear as a guest on your program. Inquires should be directed ( from: http://www.schneier.com/contact.html ) to:

Teresa Buchholz
Marketing Operations Manager
1090 La Avenida Avenue
Mountain View, CA 94043
Phone: 650-404-2400

E-mail: [email protected]