Great editorial piece .. B.S. Kalafut: Saturday Morning Security Theater ...As in McGann's case, the offending article was a homemade work of art made up of electronics bits. Simpson's blinkenlights didn't even have a timer, but there were a few exposed wires. Breadboarded electronics always have exposed wires. Bombs on TV also have exposed wires. And blinkenlights. McGann's and Simpson's cases are upsetting on two levels. We forget how much we are at the mercy of stupid people, how easy it is for someone to ruin our day because we failed to predict and plan for his own bizarre shortcomings of comprehension. We forget how much the benefit of the doubt is given to stupids if they occupy the right place in the organizational structure. Any number of people involved in McGann's case could have said "quit being an idiot, just let the guy through", but nobody did. In Simpson's case the police didn't have to take her in, and the prosecutor didn't have to follow through with the case. (His bar association's rules forbid prosecuting charges the prosecutor knows aren't supported by probably cause!) Real bombs do not always or usually have a haphazard collection of wires and bits hanging out. Real bombs aren't going to have the Saturday morning cartoon countdown timer. They're hidden. The most famous, the one that brought down Pan Am Flight 103, was hidden inside a boombox. Ramzy Yousef's Philippine Air 434 bomb was in a bottle of contact lens solution. "Shoe bomber" Richard Reid's device was an ordinary shoe with an explosive midsole. That TSA agents (and the Boston police) think homebrew electronics that obviously not bombs are bombs suggests that they don't know what a bomb looks like, and when confronted with the real thing, they'll miss it.