Epic Win for those who wish to disrupt transport networks, harass innocent civilians and degrade respect for "security" personnel. And terrorists didn't have to do a thing.Suspicious bags cause airport scares
msnbc.com news services
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Suspicious items caused scares at airports in Bakersfield, Calif., and Minneapolis on Tuesday.
Federal officials reopened operations at Bakersfield airport after a hazardous materials scare turned out to be containers of honey...
Notice they are questioning a gardener because their dog smelled something. Well, huh, you think maybe, just maybe a gardener might have traces of various fertilizers compounds on him? Just curious.
We've looked at this kind of idiocy before. In an era of anger, magical thinking, xenophobia (which will only get worse as the Bear Market deepens) the deep reach of bureaucracy into individual lives will be felt in many unpleasant ways. Look at what went into the response at Bakersfield - immense cost in terms of first responders gearing up, delayed travel, further fear mongering in the community after intial media reports of "hazardous materials" in checked baggage. Every little cut to the system matters, especially in a time of budget stress.
With great power comes great responsibility. With negative mood, comes many random acts of stupidity, vile pettiness and willful blindness to reason.
John Robb may be onto something with his Failure As A Strategy concept. If the wannabe terrorists out there are paying any sort of attention, this kind of zero cost "operation" can be achieved by hyping the terrorist threat at all times, then watching the chips fall in many new and frustrating ways. Oh wait, that strategy is already in place. It's called the DHS.