Inevitably, the law of averages caught up with me today. As I waited in the Transportation Security Administration line at National Airport, I had a sneaking suspicion they were pushing everyone through the millimeter wave scanners. Sure enough, after I had stripped down to be sure I wouldn’t trip the mag, I was directed (as it seems, were the majority of passengers) to the wave machine.
Faced with the choice of the pat down or the scan, I took the option to “Opt Out” and have the pat down instead. I stated my intention in a friendly manner as the TSA agent directed me to enter the wave machine; he asked me to stand to the side and called out for a male screening. Continue reading
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Tagged airline security, DCA, government, millimeter wave, Opt Out, scans, securitisn't, security, security theatre, terrorism, TSA
Following the Securitisn’t series from a while back, David Alpert at GGW has a great post following the capture of alleged terrorists plotting to engage the Metro system in DC. A great line, sure to infuriate Bill O’Reilly:
Instead, they typically just end up being suspicious of people who look Muslim.
Snippet and more:
Overreactions already beginning to nonexistent bomb plot
Following news that the FBI orchestrated its own, fake Metro bombing plot to catch a potential terrorist, Metro transit police are already pondering instituting useless “security theater” methods like random bag searches.
NYC subway bag inspection. Photo by Runs With Scissors on Flickr.
Bag searches look good but don’t do anything. Anyone can simply turn around and enter a different station. If someone wanted to bomb a station, they just wouldn’t do it when the bag searches are taking place. As I discussed on yesterday’s Kojo Nnamdi show, we’ve spent far too much money building security barriers around buildings or running big “show of force” exercises.
Read on… http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post.cgi?id=7897
Not a whole lot to say about this, other than once again the ‘security’ needs seem to trump everything else. Whether it’s the bollards around the Capitol, or a consistently laissez-faire attitude to the District’s residents; something needs to change.
Costance Holden (Family Photo)
Co-workers and family mourned Tuesday a bicyclist struck and killed by a military truck Monday evening in a collision connected with the Nuclear Security Summit.