Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Nov 2010 22:34 UTC
In the News As none other I know how problematic it is to discuss matters related to politics on the web. However, every now and then, there's no way around it, and this is one of those moments. There's this thing going on at airports in the US, and while many will see it as a separate issue, the body scanner issue, and the sad stories it has spawned, are symptoms of a far larger problem that is a direct threat to everything we've fought for during and since the Enlightenment.
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First off, no one said life was safe. But its stupid to trade freedom for safety. Second off, who in their right mind, even if they are facing certain death, is going to let terrorists hijack a plane in the next 100 years? Don't you think terrorists know this? The only reason the first attack succeeded was because the "hostages" thought they would be ransomed. Third, these machines do nothing to prevent a terrorist from having a bomb sewn up inside them. If they are willing to die, what's the harm in a bit of extra surgery? They only really have to make it on the plane alive.

So you're saying we should just shut down security altogether and let nut jobs carry whatever the hell they want on an airplane? Sure, folks probably wouldn't let terrorists hijack a plane again, but if there were several of them carrying AK-47's aboard, I'm not sure they'd have a lot of choice in the matter. More to the point though, I wouldn't want to be one of those people on the plane who had to try and stop a gang of terrorists packing fully-loaded automatic weapons.

Although what we have in place now may not be fool-proof, I'm sure it's at least better than nothing.

Edited 2010-11-17 02:03 UTC

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