Saturday, August 12, 2006

Recently, as most or all should know, England disrupted a major terrorist plot. For this I applaud them, however it has raised some concerns in my mind. We seem, here in America I cannot speak for other countries, to be overreacting and forbidding liquids on a plane.

I know that this seems like a small sacrifice to make for safety but what's the point? The security measures in place prevented the attack from happening. Will this really make a difference? How much are we going to allow terrorists to reshape our lives and change the way in which we think, act and feel? Should somebody be concerned that an eighty year old woman is bringing on some soda to drink? No, of course not, yet she is now banned from doing so. Should my three year old be allowed to bring some juice boxes on board so she can have one of her favorite drinks? Well she might be a terrorist, right?!?!

These measures are moderately absurd in their design. It's coming back to the old rule that one person ruins it for the rest of us. Recently I have read some of Ann Coulter's writtings and I really do agree with her on many points.

For example, Ann proposes some fairly simple solutions to solving some of the airline threats.

1. Make the cockpit like unto Fort Knox. Ensure that the pilots are the first people on the plane and lock the cockpit and then make certain they are the last to leave. Nobody is getting into the cockpit so no more highjacking of planes.

2. Arm every pilot with a gun and give them training on how and when to use it. If I were a terrorist, I would be less likely to choose an airplane as a target if I couldn't get into the cockpit and the pilot was packing a gun.

3. Every flight has a mandatory air marshall on board who, of course, is loaded with a minimum hand gun with armor piercing rounds. Again a great deterrant if the would be highjacker knows that an air marshall will be on this flight, yet he doesn't know who it will be.

4. Enough already with 'random' searches and having restrictions upon who can be searched and how many Muslim's are allowed to be searched per flight. It is ludicrious to assume that you are doing any good by stopping poor old granny smith and letting a Muslim man go clear. The simple fact is this: The majority of terrorist this country has and will face are ALL Muslim men. If you really want to play the odds, stop every single one of them every time.

Our airways need to be safer but stopping a family from bringing on cheaper drinks as opposed to paying high for high cost airport drinks is not the way to do it. We are restricting our freedoms to give us a false sense of safety.