[rescue] Airport Security and Rescues...
alaric at metrocast.net
Thu Mar 27 11:02:06 CDT 2008
Sridhar Ayengar wrote:
> Phil Stracchino wrote:
>> But El-Al security is *effective*. TSA is 90% useless security
>> theater. If there's a ridiculous and intrusive "security measure"
>> that doesn't actually make anyone any safer, TSA will find it and use
>> it, but they won't use the effective methods Israel uses because of
>> the risk that somebody might get offended, and because picking out
>> people who are acting funny requires people with actual training and
>> skills, not minimum-wage drones following a list of (frequently
>> nonsensical and frequently useless) rules on a clipboard.
> I'd go even further. I think the TSA would avoid using anything
> effective even if it's *not* going to offend anyone. I think
> effectiveness might be contrary to their goals.
Honestly, I think you're right. I just wasn't going to say so right there.
I think right now, the government has a lot invested in keeping people
afraid, because the more afraid they can keep people, the more power
they can persuade people to hand them in return for a handwavium promise
of safety. A scared America is a compliant America.
I also think they've got a tiger-by-the-tail problem, because if the
American public as a whole ever wakes up and realizes just how far
they've been hoodwinked, they're going to be mad as hell.
The poli-ticks thought they were seeing a lot of voter rage last
election? They ain't seen NOTHING yet.
Phil Stracchino, CDK#2 ICBM: 43.5607, -71.355
Renaissance Man, Unix ronin, Perl hacker, Free Stater
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