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Sunday, February 08, 2009

Shouldn’t be News and Shouldn’t be an Incident

It’s only three sentences, so I need to quote the whole thing, but this is from the Denver Post:

Colorado Springs airport officials say security screeners spotted a spent military round in a passenger’s carryon luggage, but there were no explosives in it.

Airport spokeswoman Kelly Jackson says the passenger told authorities it was a souvenir and didn’t object to discarding it.

The incident occurred Thursday.

So, airport security asked the man to discard a “spent military round"--a chunk of brass with no value as a weapon, with no powder, and no more dangerous than, say, a roll of pennies--for no good reason, and the newspaper reports the “incident” because…

Actually, I don’t know why they reported this non-incident unless their intent was to show how stupid airport security can be. In which case it’s just a poorly written article.

Some days it feels like our country becomes, collectively, dumber by the day.

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If you keep the populace in a state of alarm, then you can:

1) demonstrate that you’re “doing something”

2) justify doing more

Somebody, could’a’ been Ayn Rand, H.L. Mencken, or even Will Rogers—I don’t recall—had a very pithy statement to that effect, and no I’m not remembering the famous “Now that’s the system, Mr. Reardon, ...” from Atlas Shrugged.

What, me, cynical? (Yep)

(I also think it lets the screeners feel all self-important about saving us from terrorism, or something. Can’t have TSA goons with low self esteem, ya know. Or any govt. employees, for that matter, because they’re doing what’s “right”, by definition of the almighty federales.)

on Feb 08 2009 @ 01:52 PM

Security theatre becomes security comedy.

on Feb 08 2009 @ 02:39 PM

Jed, I think I know the one you’re thinking of, but I can’t remember if it was Orwell or Barnum…

Both of which also had applicable quotes to this situation.

on Feb 09 2009 @ 01:29 AM
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