12.28.2009

Underwear Bombers and Rising ‘Naked Scanner’ Stocks

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by the Left Coast Rebel

One thing that I noticed after the stock market closed today was that several unusual companies had risen during the day’s trading. Small firms engaged in super-science scanning stuff, obviously in response to the ‘heightened alert’ because of the failed ‘underwear bomber’ plot.

As is the case with any infringement of an individual against the public, the government always responds to harm the individual. Gun control, free speech, the right to invest and retain your income; all of these things are jettisoned for some ‘greater good’ mentality as the American people are herded up as sheeple, the day’s headlines screaming at them ‘to do something.’ Much like the case of the ‘shoe bomber’ incident paved the way to passengers having to remove their shoes before entering security, the ‘underwear bomber’ may pave the way for our privacy to be ‘stripped’ from us:
After an alleged terrorist unsuccessfully tried to detonate his explosive underwear on a Christmas Day flight to Detroit, current and former American officials are now using the failed attack to push for more airport scanners to spot such explosives — and a lot more.

The Transportation Security Administration in recent years has tried out a series of “whole-body imagers” to look for threats that typical metal detectors can’t find. These systems are the only way that smuggled explosives, like the one officials say was brought on the Christmas flight, can be reliably found.


Why stop there? Perhaps I should pull out an old Isaac Asimov dystopian classic to formulate a TSA plan. Why not? Why not just revert to complete police-state tactics and strip down everyone, including children before security? Then we wouldn’t need multi-milion dollar machines to do the job.

Via Wired Magazine

7 comments:

TAO said…

I thought conservatives were all for national defense? It seems to me that making sure people getting on planes cannot blow them up or fly them into buildings would be a very high priority for conservatives?

What are you suggesting? That the government do nothing…

foutsc said…

Don't call terrorists "terrorists" and punish the innocent, all in the name of political correctness…

Bungalow Bill said…

It worked for the shoes.

Nickie Goomba said…

I have a pair of underwear like that. They don't explode, but they bunch up so badly that you wish they would.

Woodsterman (Odie) said…

Rebel, they will only strip search the 80 year olds. To do anything else would be profiling.

Red said…

I'm for national defense. It's called 'profiling' but our adminstration doesn't have the testicular fortitude to employ it. They'd rather have us take our shoes off and carry little ziploc baggies of toiletries to thwart extremist muslims.
I posted on the scan debate back in March. Not much has changed, TSA's just getting ready to ramp things up whether we are on board with it or not.

Left Coast Rebel said…

@ Fouts – Yup, that is the essence of what I think too.

@ Nickie – Haha, I do too.

@ Odie – It fits in our bizarro world doesn't it?

@ Red – Yes, out govt would rather harass us than make the tough choices that actually work.

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