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Monday, March 14, 2005

What War on Terror?

Failure of Imagination Part...oh, hell I have lost Count

Are any alarm bells going off anywhere?

A joint FBI/Department of Homeland Security report has found non commercial aircraft are especially vulnerable to being used by terrorists intent on another attack.

Drive by your local small airport anytime, day or night and there is no security. The one closest to me in Montclair is right next to a huge shopping mall. A terrorist barely needs an imagination to connect those dots.

Drive down the West Side Highway in Manhattan and you'll pass a helicopter pad where tourists jump aboard a whirlybird for a breathtaking 10 minute flight over the city's skyscrapers. I am sure they don't screen passengers very closely, what with flights taking off and landing every few minutes.

There is a serious noncommercial aviation lobby that will fight new restrictions just as strongly as commercial aviation has.

Now, let's say you were Michael Chertoff, the new head of the Dept. of Homeland Security. What conclusions would you draw from the courtroom murder spree, escape and hostage taking last week in Atlanta? Every security expert asked says the deputies at the courthouse were not paying attention to what was being shown by security cameras. The assault and shooting of the deputy escorting the killer was captured on video!

So, who is watching at the airport? Who is watching all the doors, all the luggage portals, all the loading docks? Are people paying attention? I suspect...not.

We can all tsk tsk about what happened in Atlanta. But, that's a preview of coming attractions. So is the fact that potential terrorists can still purchase guns and other weapons in this country (thank you NRA, but when you have thousands dead let's have that debate about the Second Amendment) .

It's called connecting the dots. When President Dimwit gets done ruining Social Security, maybe he'll wake up to everything he is not doing to keep us safe.

Stegner on Calamity

"Order is indeed the dream of man, but chaos, which is only another word for dumb, blind, witless chance, is still the law of nature."

"You can plan all you want to. You can lie in your morning bed and fill whole notebooks with schemes and intentions. But within a single afternoon, within hours or minutes, everything you plan and everything you have fought to make yourself can be undone as a slug is undone when salt is poured on him. And right up to the moment when you find yourself dissolving into foam you can still believe you are doing fine."

-- Crossing to Safety
Wallace Stegner


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