Add another fear log to the fire

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?


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