I haven’t commented on the recent terrorist attempt on Flight 253 because I don’t think there was anything new to say, despite the blizzard of news reports, commentaries and blog posts about it. Let’s review, shall we:
- al-Qaeda (or it’s affiliates) attempt to target Americans and their interests (did anyone really think they stopped?)
- a guy got through ‘cracker jack’ airport security procedures (what idiot thought airport security procedures stopped anything?)
- government response is to apply countermeasures that wouldn’t have stopped the incident and aren’t likely to stop any other type of incident
- Americans seem to jump at the chance to give away their freedoms and privacy in order to appear to increase their safety from an event with a minuscule probability of happening
- The right wing really does love torture (I’m increasingly convinced that large numbers of the political right spend a great deal of time masturbating to a endless loop tape of the 9/11 attacks and scenes from 24) and couldn’t give a damn if it really ‘works’ or not. They love inflicting pain as it’s a physical demonstration of power.
Let’s be clear, when Janet Napolitano said the “system worked” in reference to our airport security system she was 100% right. The mistake is everyone assumed our security system is designed to prevent terrorist attacks. It’s not. It’s real purpose is to present the appearance of security and safety. I find it amazing that people still don’t get that.
The only thing really of note (as far as I can tell) is that the President has publicly noted that our intelligence services are still not working properly. Ok, that’s not really news but this may be a catalyst for some sort of change. Ok, there probably won’t be any real change but I can dream, can’t I?