Searching for Security by Preventing Risk


  • Alvin Harvey Shapiro Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, University of Calgary


Post 9/11 security strategies to prevent terrorist attacks against the United States currently rely heavily on sophisticated electronic identifiers. Such equipment includes, among among others, digital photography and retinal scanning. All electronic devices now in use, are reactive. That is, without background checks, they are unable to predict future subversive behaviour based on the information they provide. Screening for potential terrorist behaviour, without background checks, is readily accomplished through brief reliable and valid risk assessment questionnaires developed similarly to I.Q. tests. Their implementation as an anti-terrorist procedure is recommended.

Author Biography

Alvin Harvey Shapiro, Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, University of Calgary

Alvin Shapiro, Ph.D., is an Adjunct Associate Professor and Fellow of the Centre For Military And Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary. His specialty involves industrial and security issues. For over 30 years, his knowledge of risk detection has been well honed in clinical neuropsychological practice, where identification of deception or risk of patients, is part of his daily responsibility. Currently Dr. Shapiro is applying psychological methods toward protecting national security.