As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, another genius terrorist tried to blow up a plane on Christmas Day. This time, it was a Nigerian national on an Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight.
(Cue the “someone didn’t already blow up Detroit?” jokes.)
This time, the fellow hid PETN in his pants. After Reid did the same thing with his shoes, we all started having to de-boot at the security checkpoints; I can’t wait to see what the aftermath of a trouser bomber is. There are all sorts of rumors and half-truths floating around in the security community about how TSA is planning on changing up in the wake of this near-disaster.
Not that anyone’s asking me, but personally, I think they’re going the wrong way with this. TSA seems to come up with a new policy – no shoes, no liquids, etc. – based on past terrorist behavior. That’s like trying to build a new suit of clothes entirely out of patches, simply slapping fabric over any bare spots. You end up with something ungainly and full of weird little holes and crevasses. They really need to sit back and come up with a clear, simple, and uniform security plan and then announce it and stick to it rather than changing the rules constantly.
And the American people need to do their part and realize that the only thing that will make us completely safe as a society is to give up all of the freedoms that make it worth living here. That’s not desirable, but for some reason, everyone seems to be pushing in that direction.