Terrorism Think Tank for Movie-Plot

American Revolution RoundtableI have to think that somewhere, somehow, a DHS agent is writing down names of everyone contributing to this (via Boing Boing):

Noted security specialist Bruce Schneier is sponsoring a contest on his blog for people to come up with the most ridiculous yet plausible movie-plot security risk. The winner gets a free copy of his book “Beyond Fear”, and maybe even the chance to discuss their idea with a real-world movie producer…

From his site: “It is in this spirit I announce the (possibly First) Movie-Plot Threat Contest. Entrants are invited to submit the most unlikely, yet still plausible, terrorist attack scenarios they can come up with.

“Your goal: cause terror. Make the American people notice. Inflict lasting damage on the U.S. economy. Change the political landscape, or the culture. The more grandiose the goal, the better.

Assume an attacker profile on the order of 9/11: 20 to 30 unskilled people, and about $500,000 with which to buy skills, equipment, etc.”

My favorite idea is this one by another_bruce, as I’ve always found the IRS to be the weakest link in this country’s agency chain:

to kill the united states, you need only kill its one critical agency – the one that did not have a soviet counterpart during the cold war – the one that collects the means by which our government operates – the internal revenue service.
you do this by flooding the mails with fake tax returns over the next two weeks. use as many real names and social security numbers as you have access to, then start making them up. claim large income on some, random refunds on others. 10 fake returns in the system for every real one and they will have to shut down until they figure out what’s happening.

Seriously, check out all the plots ideas. It nearly crashed my Firefox browser the page was so big, but it’s kinda like watching an episode of Revolution Roundtable.

If I were to suggest a corollary discussion, what do you guys think would be the most realistic “movie plot” for an actual revolution in this country? Extra points for zero bloodshed/innocents killed.

Stephen VanDyke

I've published HoT along with about 300+ friends since 2002. We're all Americans who are snarky and love our country. I'm a libertarian that registered Republican because I like to win elections. That's pretty much it.

  1. Zero bloodshed? A Libertarian electoral victory.

    Alternately, the mils over in Iraq realize what a load of shit this is, and when they get back on their planes to come back over here, they take over the military bases.

  2. There will be one of these revolts, and it will happen sonner raher than later. The foreign nations that are keeping the USA propped up will pull their money out, and the government checks will stop cashing. They will attempy to p[rint more moeny as a result, and Weimar Germany inflation will result.

    And everyone will be saying “how did this happen?” when the conditions for it have been developing for 20 years in the making.

  3. the zero bloodshed solution will be rather simple. sooner or later, the republicrats will run out of people to blame and the american public will finally realize the only people they can blame are themselves. Finally, Pogo’s “we have met the enemy and he is us” will have sunk in. Within 6 years, there won’t be an incumbent left.

  4. Most people must have thought this was an April Fool’s Day joke when I posted it…on April Fool’s Day.

    Even if you don’t win the contest, the terrorist threat you pull out of your ass could be used later by the Department of Homeland Security to scare Americans into giving up even more of their rights. And that’s something you can be proud of.

    As for revolution, I’ve got a few ideas of how it might happen, but I would be completely stupid to post any of them in this little box.