Monday, September 25, 2006

And We Were Making So Much Progress

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced today it was easing restrictions on carry-on liquids and gels starting tomorrow, Tuesday. Now passengers can bring 3 oz containers of liquid, toothpaste, eye drops, etc, through the security check point. They must be in one 1 quart clear plastic bag. And beverages purchased past security will be allowed on the plane.

For shame, TSA, for shame. We were making such progress towards achieving a false sense of total security. What happened? We were going in the right direction. That is, towards banning on carry-on and checked baggage, stripping everyone down, and giving them a orange Guantamano Bay style jumpsuit. Then we would have been truly, but not really, safe from almost every thing that could go wrong.

How are you going to be able to check 3 oz of liquid to see if it truly is safe? I don't think TSA has much more equipment than it did on August 10. So why the change? Could terrorists not go through individually with 3 oz containers, then combine them past security?

We are clearly moving back in the wrong direction. If we are to be safe, we must sacrifice every freedom and convenience that we could possibly imagine having some way to be perverted for a terrorist attack. Its the only logical response to terrorism.

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