Thursday, August 10, 2006

I fear for my safety. Seriously.

Let me see if I can summarize this:

"My God, it never occurred to us that evildoers might use knives and box-cutters to take over an airplane and use that to kill thousands of people, so now we'll stop them from bringing those deadly weapons on board!"

"My God, we never believed that evildoers might hide explosive material in their shoes of all places, so now we'll make sure we check everyone's shoes really, really carefully!"

"My God, who on earth could have possibly imagined that evildoers might try to kill innocent people by bringing liquid explosives on board with them, so now we're definitely going to crack down on that sort of thing!"

Your government anti-terrorist agencies: When thinking ahead is just too much like work.


Anonymous said...

Don't worry. With your cooperation we will make society safe.

Think North Korea.

M@ said...

1. Watch horse run away
2. Shut and lock barn door
3. ???
4. Keep Americans safe from people who hate freedom

This surefire recipe for success brought to you by Michael Chertoff and all the extremely competent people down at the Department of Homeland Security.

Anonymous said...

I just can't get the thought out of my head that this is just too much hollywood staging. I'm not denying that there was a threat, but to infiltrate a group of this magnitude, it must have taken months, nay years. Why now? the timing is quite interesting. Blairs approval ratings are in the dumpster, Bush's approval ratings are in the dumpster, the U.S. has an important election coming in the fall, Liebermann was just trounced in the primary, Stephen's longing for a majority government, but looking at bad polls. Why now? If the surveillance has been over many months, and the authorities knew what was evolving, why did they wait.
Another quibble, the Bush quotes about "Islamic fascists" Kinda like the pot calling the kettle black, particulary with his track record and his refusal to reign Israel in.

Joy said...

Could it have something to do with this?

"It is, of course, a massive and uncanny coincidence (to which you should pay not attention whatsoever) that this "terror alert" comes just a week after UK home secretary John Reid's anti-terror campaign was dealt a serious blow when Britain's three most senior judges ruled that Reid's "virtual house arrest" powers were incompatible with human rights law."