Ever heard of a bomb sniffing machine such as the one I watched my
luggage go through at the airport last week??? No need for profiling.
The young European Woman didn't bring down the plane; the bomb did.
That's what technology is for: locating the bombs. Police frisking
people at random and then letting those who refuse is a total waste of
time. IF the police would detain anyone who refused, that would be a
Me thinks you are oversimplifying when you say "no longer a free
people". There are plenty of rules and regs to keep one from feeling
footloose and fancy free, without the inclusion of rules aimed at
terrorism per se.
Damned near everyone on any conveyance carries weapons and no one
thinks of taking them away. Any pen, particularly ball points, is an
effective stabbing weapon, as are pencils. You would simply not believe
the damage you can do with a thin newspaper, rolled up tight--or one of
those inflight magazines. Shoe laces are effective garrotes, as are
some cheap necklaces strung on nylon. The list goes on. It isn't
endless, but it's longer than most security guards have to deal with
This was discussed here not long ago. As I pointed out then,
if authorities rely on racist profiling the bombers will
simply use people who do not meet the profile. Not only is
this pretty obvious on it's face, it has already happened:
Current theory on the Lockerbie bombing is that the bomb was carried
onboard in the luggage of a passenger who was deliberately selected
by the bomber becuase she did NOT meet the existing profiles.
A similar attempt was thwarted by British authorities
because the searched the luggage of a passenger who also did not
meet existing profiles.
In both cases the passenger who actually had the bomb in her
luggage was not even aware she was carrying a bomb. I'm pretty
sure that in both cases the bombs were in checked luggage.
I do not think it would be any harder to trick grandma.
Using just a _little_ imagination you can also see how one
could recruit or trick such a person into carrying the bomb
hidden on their body too. E.g. if the targetted flight is a
flight into Saudi Arabia, recruit the patsy to smuggle in
a Bible and put the bomb in the Bible.
true, the terrorists HAVE changed tactics lately with regards to
choosing the types of sympathizers to carry out their evil deeds. Will
all our best efforts be for naught, in the end? Will the bastards win?
We are not giving up an essential liberty, but are obtaining long term
safety. If carrying these bags works out to be a great way to make an
attack, then we are going to see no end to them. That would not promote
liberty or safety.
There are rules governing which bags may be searched, and how they can be
chosen. There are limits to how our liberty is limited.
Plenty of other places in the newsgroups for this diatribe. Take it
someplace else next time. Just because you say OT does not make it okay to
post your bitching here.
This is rec.woodworking - the bullshit is in the other newsgroups for your
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