The "brittle system" idea has been bouncing around here for a few weeks - the idea that the U.S. and many other Western governments and societies have systems in place that allow for no flexibility or the entire thing comes unwound. This is especially true in the paranoid/crony capitalist/security state machine which requires terrorists behind every For Sale sign in America.
Here is a story out of LAX that illustrates what happens to the "Security" machine as it plays out towards the unraveling:
by Andrew Parker, The Sun
Two pals were barred from entering the US after innocent tweets joking about "destroying America" were picked up by the country's anti-terror cops.
US special agents monitoring Twitter spotted Leigh Van Bryan's messages weeks before he left for a holiday in Los Angeles with pal Emily Bunting...
...They spent 12 hours in separate holding cells and were then put on a flight home.
Leigh, 26, was kept under armed guard in a cell with Mexican drug dealers. The Department of Homeland Security flagged up Leigh as a potential threat when he posted a Twitter message to his pals ahead of his trip to Hollywood.
It read: "Free this week, for quick gossip/prep before I go and destroy America"...
It is this kind of nonsense that, if allowed to continue to metastisize, that will undermine what is left of the Republic. Everything is a major emergency in the eyes of the paranoiacs in the Security State. There is not room for gradation or risk analysis or anything approaching an adult response to this. It is either, you are a subject of the empire/tax sheep or you are a target.
Plus, this kind of thing leaves the "Security" services wide open to spoofing and hoaxes. Ugh.