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Monday, November 29, 2010

Laughing Stock

I want a world where Frank junior and all the Frank juniors

can sit under a shady tree, breathe the air, swim in the ocean,
and go into a 7-11 without an interpreter

--The Naked Gun 2-1/2: The Smell of Fear

If we don't

(fill in the blank with your choice of suspended civil rights),

the terrorists have won

--The Right's best excuse for abdicating our rights

Can you fly this plane, and land it?


Ranger Question of the Day
If the T.S.A. did not exist,
what would the
real unemployment rate be?

[R.I.P. Leslie Nielson. You only thought you were doing parody.]

Contrary to the ipsedixitism of airport supervisor Philip Burdette --
“I get paid to be paranoid" -- The Transportation Security Administration's job is NOT paranoia. It IS to follow reasoned and responsible, proactive measures to address a real threat in a judicious manner (T.S.A. Finds Itself on the Defensive.)

Airport security is a tactical measure, reflective of a larger strategic posture. All significant terror successes, or near successes, have been a result of strategic U.S. blunders. The intelligence community in the outer perimeter of defense was found lacking.

The events of 9-11-01 did not occur because of tactical negligence at airport terminals. The 9-11 operatives did not violate any existing protocols and boarded their flights legally. Instead, the failure occurred at the strategic level.

The crotch and shoe bombers paraded as successful infiltrators did NOT originate on U.S. flights, and their success was the failure of intelligence and not physical security. The weakness of the screening system is NOT poor security, but faulty intelligence and strategic threat analysis.

Screening domestic fliers is closing the barn door after the horse is out; it does not address any real threat. Airport security does not stand alone -- it is simply the last, visible layer of defense. If a threat is stupid enough to smuggle anything at this final checkpoint, then it is realistic to say that action is intentional to keep the U.S. response at an artificially high level.

If a device of any sort is discovered at a boarding gate, then this is not a success of security but rather a failure of strategic intel gathering and analysis. The T.S.A. can X-ray and grope to the pace of frenzied sexual predators, but that will not increase our security. Layers of security must be neutralized before the terrorists could penetrate any airport security. To date, there are no credible reports that the al-Qaeda threat has the assets to expend on such high-risk operations.

Paranoia is not a strategy, but the failure of one. It is diffuse fear of something that should not be feared. By extension, the Phony War on Terror (PWOT ©) is a fallow exercise in paranoia. If we honestly believe that our airports are being targeted, it is apparent that George W. Bush's PWOT is a dud. Every time we frisk a U.S. citizen in an airport we are admitting that, although we are still fighting them over there, we are not sure they ain't over here.

If we have perimeters in our airports, then we are fighting them over here (or at least, pretending we are.)

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Blogger Underground Carpenter said...

Hi Jim and Lisa,


I'm off to the dictionary. Again.

Brilliant cartoon!


Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 5:27:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

>>>>>>From another message board<<<<<<

pawncler43 writes:

our govt. is too busy groping granny

feeling little girls, making little boys strip, taking naked pictures of citizens...

Yet they recruit the sugar-plum fairy to be a top-secret security analyst. He carries off the STORE on a disk marked Lady GaGa.

our govt. is too busy groping granny
z_pigster writes:


Here, try this,,,

Next time your in that position,,, just reach out and start touching them like their touching you,,,

See if you get any complaints,,,,

What are they gonna complain about,,,??? Inappropriate touching???

our govt. is too busy groping granny
z_pigster writes;


Now meeee, that's a different story,,, I might book a flight just too get touched,,, here goes,,,

"Oh wait, I hope you don't miss that bomb in my pants,,, No, not there,,, over too the left,,, now too the right,,, yeah,, yeah,,, yeah,,, now that's the da' bomb,,,"

"By the way,,, is this flight going to Pitsburg,,,??? It's not,,, oh dammmmm, I better switch lines,,,,"


lackofzzzzz writes:

Airport Screening Solved!....

Here's a solution to all the controversy over "full-body scanners" at the airports...

Have a booth that you can step into that will not X-ray you, but will detonate any explosive device you may have on you.

It would be a "win-win" for everyone, and there would be none of this crap

about racial profiling and this would eliminate a long and expensive trial.

Justice would be quick and swift. Case closed!

This is so simple that it's brilliant...

I can see it now: you're in the airport terminal and you hear a muffled explosion. Shortly thereafter, an announcement comes over the PA system,

"Attention standby passengers, we now have a seat available on flight number 342."


Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 10:40:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger FDChief said...

"The T.S.A. can X-ray and grope to the pace of frenzied sexual predators"


The thing is, jim, what is about 96% of ALL "security" other than making a note to file and parading around in public to reassure the rubes?

Ask a cop and they'll tell you that crime DOES pay; that most criminals don't get caught, and that a hell of a lot of what they do is just to make people FEEL safer.

Without the theatre, what could they tell us? Sorry, pal - but that guy with the pistol in his pocket can take your wallet pretty much at will if he wants to. Sorry, darlin' - if that psycho wants to get you, you'll be raped to a farethewell and murdered long before we even know you're gone?

The public would go berserk.

So like so much governments do, the TSA just keeps the sheeple from stampeding out of the pen.

Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 9:50:00 AM GMT-5  

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