Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by FriendlySkies, Sep 8, 2011.
What the what?
Could it be that there's nothing to track down?
Gee, could it be because it's all fear-mongering bullsh*t?
They gotta spend those tax dollars, one way or another. Why not create some scenario about terrorists using truck/car bombs? It seems to give them free reign over them minds of innocent americans.
This is good news. They can send them down into the subways to engage the rats in close-quarter combat:
Woman bit by rat in rare attack while waiting for train at MTA station
NYC probably has enough rats to keep all 1,000 suicidal brave men gainfully employed until their final moments.
OK, let me see if I've got this straight:
There is no credible threat
The threat is not confirmed, but somewhat believable
They have partial names of some people who may be plotting this threat, but they
a. don't know who "they" are
b. don't know what "they" are going to do
c. don't know where "they" are going to do it
d. Sortof guess when "they" will do it
e. Might think how "they" will do it
All this proves is 2 things:
DHS is completely, totally, and unequivocally incompetent
There is no threat
And consider these little nuggets from that article:
With all of the nonsense going on at the airport only 27% think airports are safer?!?!!? Do you know what this little tidbit tells me? It tells me they're doing it all wrong. But what would any of us know?
So with the machines, and the technology, and the snarling police-masquerade bozos with their blacklight flashlights and lupes and behavior voodoo and genital rubs and faulty explosive detecting equipment people feel only slight safer than at a bridge where there is nothing more than pedophiles and sex offenders who live under those bridges when there's nowhere else to go? What is wrong with this picture?
Then there's this:
Could it be that, like me, they feel literally terrorized just walking into an airport?
I just heard someone on CNN say this whole thing might be caused by "Al-Qaeda's Number Two Man." I thought we killed him a couple of times already?
Third time's a charm?
They need to have Letterman do a Top 10 list & then take them all out at the same time.
Third, second, tenth, whatever -- they'll always find another bogeyman du jour. My odds are on somebody from Pakistan. Or Libya in a few years. After we discover that the "rebels" we've been arming have turned into "terrorists." It's practically a magic act. Presto, change-o, watch how Freedom Fighters turn into Enemy No. 1! Maybe they can take their show on the road.
We did, but he keeps coming back.
I remember this nugget, I think, from Colin Powell's book (paraphrased):
One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.
Now we've got an update.....sort of...
So was this thing all a giant over-reaction?
New York, NY (11 sept. 2011) In a abundance of caution today the entire cities of New York and Newark were evacuated. Security professionals from the Transportation Security Administration are now in the process of searching approximately 6,000,000 homes door to door looking for a guy name Ahmed with brown hair and a dark complexion, who was last rumored to be somewhere between Islamabad and Anchorage. In the interests of public safety, all containers of liquid greater than 3.4 ounces (3 ounces in areas where the pizza-box specials have not received decimal point training) are being removed from homes and placed on barges for disposal. It is expected that the population will be allowed to return late next week after TSA has completed the established of several hundred checkpoints for ID and genital verification. Reichskommissar John "Pissy" Pistole denies unconfirmed rumors that the several railcars of K-Y jelly that were seen being unloaded will be used to facilitate body cavity searches at hundreds of intersections in mid-town Manhattan where "Bend Over in the Box" signs were seen being installed.
Methinks it was someone having a bit of fun with us. "Let's tell the Americans that something is going down on 9.11 and watch them run around like chickens with their heads cut off trying to find non-existent perps."
They succeeded in spades.
I've been flipping through the (many) television channels since I arrived home a few hours ago. It's interesting to see the coverage around the world.
While this is in no way scientific, and doesn't cover of course all countries or channels, from the stations I can access I estimate
- US - (CNNi, CNBC) live coverage
- UK BBCWorld - live coverage (I don't receive any other UK channels at the moment)
- Germany - all channels I can access except Bayerischen Rundfunks have live coverage or documentaries (Bavarian television is the usual Sunday afternoon garbage with an animal mating show, etc)
- Russia - only the 24 news station has any coverage/documentaries
- Italy - no coverage on the five stations I can access
- France - a few channels have documentaries and a few have live coverage
- Vietnam - nothing
- Thailand - nothing
- China - 24 news station has programming; currently it is talking about the 35,000 people killed by terrorism in Pakistan SINCE 9/11 and how the vast majority of victims of terror are overlooked or overshadowed by 9/11
- Euronews - live coverage
Of the 15 or channels from the Middle East and North Africa which I can access, only Aljazeera English seems to have coverage.
I'm quite certain that virtually every television station however will have it as one of their top news stories today, however, even if they are not running live coverage or documentaries today.
And to keep things hyped, BFMTV has 'ALERTE INFO' and Direct has 'URGENT' but the alert is just that the remembrance ceremony is going on. Like CNN 'BREAKING NEWS' email on the same subject, I find it indicative of where we are at the moment that the fact that a ceremony is occuring is 'breaking news'. I consider that 'ongoing news', not 'breaking' news.
I'm turning off the television.
How expensive was an operation like this to get going? Pretty cheap. How expensive is our response to this? Very. We've been played like a fiddle.
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