Warning: Impolite language. If you don't like it blunt and in-your-face, don't read this.
"Everyone is a little bit surprised that less than one year after a suicide bomber was sent to the United States to blow up a plane over Detroit with a bomb in his underwear we would be having the debate that we're having right now," another administration official said Monday.
Oh really? Note the lack of a name on that comment.
I'll tell you why we're having this debate, as I have several times before:
"Look honey, that's a nice woman there by the scanner (who's going to have uterine cancer in 20 years, but we won't tell her.) Never mind the possible (probable?) pedophile in the next room that's going to see you naked in about 30 seconds. Now be a good little girl and let the government look at all your private parts so we can go spend money at Disney World."
Nobody wants to blow up during their flight.
Where we differ is on the means of accomplishing this.
It is my contention that both 9/11 and the underwear bomber happened because our government refuses to perform its legally-mandated duty to control our border and the foreigners that seek to cross it.
In the case of 9/11, several of the terrorists were here on expired Visas. That is, they were here without authorization, and our government still, ten years later, refuses to track those people down and expel them. But for that failure and our government's willful refusal to investigate the goons that didn't want to know how to land planes at Florida flight schools, 9/11 would not have happened.
The underwear bomber got on a plane which was then cleared into US airspace by DHS and the FAA with the knowledge that the bomber was on board and lacked a valid passport. Every person on the passenger manifest has a passport control number attached. He did not, because he didn't present one, and someone at the departure airport personally overrode the airline's objections.
Despite repeated questions about this nobody has come clean about who was responsible for overriding the airline's procedures and how that plane came to be cleared into US airspace while a person with an obvious Arabic name who lacked valid documentation for entry into the US was on board.
Further, said underwear bomber boarded that plane outside the United States. All the scanners in US airports cannot detect a bomb that comes onto a plane in a foreign land.
Finally, on 9/11 not one violation of airport and airline security rules occurred. Not one bomb nor one gun was brought on board. No prohibited item was used by the hijackers. Box cutters were considered legitimate tools at the time and were permitted in hand-carried luggage.
Both of these attacks - the successful one on 9/11 and the unsuccessful attempt by the underwear bomber - occurred not due to security breaches but rather due to our government's abject stupidity.
We all want safe air travel.
Those of us who are not mindless idiots demand that you actually promote and provide policies and operational procedures that advance this goal, not enrich former government "ministers" in their consulting gigs while at the same time refusing to acknowledge and take responsibility for your government ****-ups, irradiating us and giving us a demonstrably false sense of security.
Until government policies make actual sense and the people responsible for the previous screw-ups are identified and expelled from the government, along with being held to account for their negligence or worse, I'm not flying.
I want to get there in one piece rather than exposing myself to being blown up by a jackass in the security line (who you can't stop with this bull**** set of so-called "procedures"), being irradiated by your so-called "screening device" that won't and can't detect the actual threats or being sexually assaulted by the government goon squad.
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