Two insane stories from the “security arena” at the airports in this country. One story is a bit old, but relevant in relation to the almanacs being a terrorist tool story. Seems a kid was prevented from getting on a plane because the security people didn’t like his choice of reading material…a book about eco-warriors. (Damn, I’ve lost the link…I’ll come back and add it when I find it again.)
Second story: College student is told to flush her pet…because you know, those Bettas can be a threat to plane security…or it could just be that security is really getting off on being Nazis.
My MetaFilter buddy, MoNickels put it best, when he said: “That just demonstrates that airport security is capricious and arbitrary. It is a farce. A lie, a fake, a false front. It’s rubbish, baloney, bullshit. It’s ineffective. An airplane is no more safe than a subway car. The security checkpoint instills fear, anger, and frustration. It takes away trust, faith, honesty, and security. It does not work. It cannot work. It is not preventive, it is not careful, it is not better-safe-than-sorry. It does not shield us from enemies, from threats, from attacks. It is unprofessional, incompetent, unorganized, unmanaged. Airport security is a joke, a farce, an empty ruckus. It is a facade, a mask, a Potemkin village through which officials can pass and say, “See? See how we’re taking care of you?” ”
How true it is.
Meanwhile, Bush’s advisor’s have sent him a manifesto demanding regime change in Syria and Iran and a Cuba-style military blockade of North Korea backed by planning for a pre-emptive strike on its nuclear sites. So, that should makes us safer? I mean…how could further over-extending the military and piling more debt on a budget 500 billion dollars in the red be a bad thing?