Friday, September 30, 2005

The terrorists have already won, you know.

Via Flash Point Canada, we have this story of security gone wild in London's underground. Somewhere, Osama bin Laden is laughing his nut sack off.

AFTERSNARK: The unspeakable stupidity of the British constabulary should be obvious to even someone as dense as Weasel Boy as, according to article author David Mery, those officers actually listed, in detail, what it was about Mery that aroused their suspicions, including things as innocuous as that he "kept [his] rucksack with [him] at all times." If this doesn't hand complete control over to the terrorists, I don't know what does.

On the one hand, potential suicide bombers now have a painfully-detailed list of what behaviour to avoid to keep from being stopped, which strikes me as a pretty brainless anti-terrorism strategy. But that's not the best part.

On the other hand, those same suicide bombers now know exactly what to do to shut down totally the London underground. By duplicating what Mery did, they can cause the constant disruption of underground traffic and, as long as they're not actually packing a bomb, the worst that will happen to them is that they'll be arrested, searched, perhaps detained for a few hours and then released, at which time they'll be free to do it all over again the next day, throwing the underground into constant turmoil.

Those British police couldn't have been more accommodating to potential bombers if they'd written a fucking pamphlet.

BY THE WAY ... is anyone else amused by the fact that, according to Mery, he was arrested for "suspicious behaviour and public nuisance"? Public nuisance? From whose paranoid imagination did that charge suddenly appear?

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