…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
The appaling idiocy of the so called airport security is apparent even to a non-frequent flier. The Western governments, embracing the post-modern Left dogma that seeming to do something will suffice for the overwhelmingly low IQ population, massaged by the even lower IQ media, pretend that they are protecting the voters, taxpayers and citizens against terrorism by creating more rules, regulations and public servants.
Naturally, public servants everywhere grasped the opportunity to expand their empires and invented the mind-boggling restrictions on on-board-items which probably had the terrorists rolling with mirth in the aisles of their first class cabins. As everybody knows, the more money paying passengers are treated differently and deferentially. I doubt that any first class passenger was ever asked to take off his or her shoes, and, if so, only by a mistake.
No box-cutters (Stanley knives in the Aussie vernacular) were found in the 9/11 wreckages, thought perhaps some nail clippers were, and the ever creative journalists fabricated the fanciful sharp objects narrative by now accepted by the naïve public – anything sharp is dangerous and must be banned. The logic, or the remnants of it, flies out of the windows of ivory towers and media skyscrapers. The dull bureaucrats, dull, for if they had any imagination they would not be in the public/civil service, like the easy way out – harassing an octogenarian because of her nail clippers is far, far easier than tackling a nervous, fighting age man, olive skin showing the recent beard removal and muttering Allahu Akbar. After all, if he does not blow you up to smithereens, he could sue you to smithereens with the help of taxpayers funded “human rights” lawyers.
Luckily, so far, the terrorists’ IQ seem to be matching that of the so called security agents. (Here I have to point out that I feel sorry, mostly, for the end of the line personnel, who are forced to do as told by their incompetent superiors). Alternatively, and increasingly likely, the Muslim terrorists realised that with Obama in the White House the world caliphate is practically assured and mass atrocities against the Western population could be, at this stage of the Islam struggle, counter-productive.
In the meantime, the Western taxpayers finance the sheltered workshops. This is about US Transportation Security Administration:
The series of tests were conducted by Homeland Security Red Teams who pose as passengers, setting out to beat the system. According to officials briefed on the results of a recent Homeland Security Inspector General’s report, TSA agents failed 67 out of 70 tests, with Red Team members repeatedly able to get potential weapons through checkpoints.”
It is hard to imagine any activity outside the public service bureaucracy with so abysmal failure rate.
I doubt that the Australian authorities would dare even to try such a test. After all, the results could be leaked, and with the pseudo-conservative government temporarily in charge, certainly would be.
Beside this TSA bomb smuggling detection 96% failure rate there is TSA’s airport employees checking rate (just 73 are on the terrorist watch list):
“The TSA did not identify these individuals through its vetting operations because it is not authorized to receive all terrorism-related categories under current interagency watch-listing policy,” the June 4 Inspector General report stated.
According to the report, the TSA had been unable to find 73 individuals “linked to terrorism” because the information the TSA received from the Department of Homeland Security Watchlist Service and used for vetting did not contain the terrorism “codes” associated with the 73 individuals. In other words, TSA did not have the entire terror watchlist.”
I doubt that many terrorists volunteer to be put on the watch list, and, as peaceful (there are no other according to the media) Muslims comprise 1% of USA population, they would be hard to watch.
Other people’s observations:
Next time at the airport trust that you are in as safe hands as your rulers deem appropriate …
“Speaking from the White House Tuesday, Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Americans can be confident airports around the country are secure and that President Obama still has confidence in the TSA.
“The President does believe the American people should feel confident in traveling airports all across the country because there are security measures in place to protect the traveling public,” Earnest said. “The President does continue to have confidence that the officers of the TSA do very important work that continues to protect the American people and continue to protect the American aviation system.”
… and failing that faith, there is another – inshallah.