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Friday, August 18, 2006

Wasting the Public's Time

Ann Coulter's latest column is up. It is titled Terrorists Win: Deodorant Banned From Airplanes and here is an excerpt:

Last week, British authorities arrested 24 members of a terrorist cell plotting to blow up about a dozen U.S.-bound planes simultaneously. As a result of those arrests, we learned:

1) Nothing being done by airport security since 9/11 would prevent a bomb from being brought onto an airplane; and

2) This terrorist plot — like all other terrorist plots — was stopped by ethnic profiling.

Last week marked the first official admission that everything government airport screeners have been doing until now is completely pointless — unless you're an airport security guard with a thing for women's undergarments, in which case it's been highly effective.

As we now know, all the ingredients necessary to blow up an airplane can be carried in small liquid containers. Airport security has not even been looking for small liquid containers. Judging from my personal experience, they seem to have been focusing on finding explosive devices inside women's brassieres.

After five years of submissively complying with bag checks, shoe checks and underwire bra checks, Americans have now been informed that the hell we've been going through at the airports (but which the president and members of Congress do not go through because they refuse to fly commercial air) has been a useless Kabuki theater.

The procedures that have wasted millions of hours of time cannot keep the most basic bomb materials off an airplane. This is like locking your windows to prevent burglaries, while leaving the front door wide open.
My question is: what will it take for people to wake up to these facts? The terrorists will try to do whatever it takes to hurt us, so we must be active and take them out before they get good opportunities. A certain group of people are responsible for the vast majority of the terrorist attacks. Doesn't it make perfect sense to target the people who are in the group and ARE TERRORISTS, rather than harmless old ladies?

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