Interesting article in Scientific American. It opens with an interesting perspective.
The CIA notes the annual U.S. death rate is 8.38 fatalities per 1,000 citizens, below that of a country like Nigeria but above other places, such as Uzbekistan. The leading causes of death in the U.S. are heart disease, cancer and car accidents, which killed roughly 1.2 million Americans in 2007, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control—more than half of all fatalities in the country. For comparison, terrorists killed no one in the U.S. that year.
Something to think about when considering where money is best spend.
Disclaimer: While here in Europe, things are slightly more relaxed and not so “TSA-ish”, I have not doubt whatsoever, both the above numbers, the spending on mostly fake security as well as the outrageous invasion on privacy is at least comparable (and I am being kind here). Sigh.