Can we be serious about security for just a minute? I mean really serious, not news/polititainment serious but actually serious. We all have heard the talk about security over the last week or two. We all have heard the talk about profiling. Silly every last bit of it. Some of the suggestions were just plain ignorant. Put people with names like Muhammad or Ahmed on a separate line? How well would that have worked on ….say, I dunno, Richard Reid, the Shoe Bomber? Target people who only pay cash or who are only going one way. All of it nonsense.
The President has a plan, but I’m not sure that it is much all that much better than either of these two suggestions, but it makes some more sense than any of the measures that the right, or left, or anyone else has come up with. I think Bush did this as well, but didn’t do it until after 2002, after Reid tried to blow up a plane in similar fashion to the underpants bomber. The plan is simple. Anyone coming from or through states that are considered terrorist states or sponsors of state terror will be checked. Cute but that would not have worked with Reid, to continue using him as an example. He was a Jamaican, as I recall who was living in Britain at the time.
But the President has to do something, and this is better than nothing, I guess.
Or is it? Is our safety net invulnerable? Is any? Can any plan we put together keep us perfectly safe? I’m not so sure. Richard Reid is the perfect example. He tried, and nearly succeeded in blasting a plane out of the sky a few short months after 9/11, when security was at perhaps it’s tightest in the history of this nation, and how close were we to losing that battle? A passenger jumps on him and stops him from detonating his explosives. Just like in the current case.
All security is imperfect. It will ALWAYS be imperfect. And being overly security conscious is making everyone paranoid. An example from a news story I read follows:
Seemingly suspicious pieces of luggage delayed flights at two airports Tuesday, prompting evacuations in Minneapolis and closing a California airport where authorities discovered what turned out to be soft drink bottles filled with … honey.
There is more, but the paranoia is fairly evident in the next quote:
“Why in this day and age would someone take a chance carrying honey in Gatorade bottles?” Youngblood said. “That itself is an alarm. It’s hard to understand.”
Questioning actually bringing Honey on board a plane, and call that “An Alarm”? That is a wee bit much. Is it so hard to understand that the gardener (the profession of the man with the honey and the bag) liked honey, and got some before he left? That he used a gatorade bottle is not an offense to any law that I know of. Silly, perhaps, but nothing more.
The attitude of the man who said this should be questioned, just as much, if not more than that of a simple gardener just trying to get home with some honey. Maybe he should have shipped the stuff a different way, maybe he should have cleaned his bag before he left. That flights should be delayed and evacuations in one airport and the closing of another for a few jars of honey seems a little…I dunno… over the top?
There is being secure in your business. This everyone agrees with, there is clearly nothing wrong with trying to be safe. There is being wary and on the lookout for terrorists and other bad guys who are malicious in intent. There are a great many people doing this thankless job and they do it well. But this underpants bomber has gotten everyone’s…umm.. panties in a wad, and in this particular case, for no good reason.
There is such a thing as reasonable behavior, even in security, even in this day and age. No net can catch every bad guy, but you try. I can almost understand why they acted this way, but that doesn’t make it right. Too much, too hard, for too little does nothing but show you for the fearful little people you are. Be bigger, be better. You can do it, you did it for years before this Snafu on Christmas, there is no need to lose your minds going overboard now. Don’t go all pussy on me now, like the two guys who were overcome by the scent of HONEY, or more properly put, their own fear.
We all understand that there was an Intelligence failure on Christmas, but to be “alarmed” over carrying honey… that is just paranoia.
That’s it for me. Later!
Today’s nuggets, via wikiquote: At least two thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice, and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity, idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religious or political idols. Aldous Huxley
If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. George Orwell
To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but what he aspires to. Khalil Gibran