|I feel safer already
||[Feb. 18th, 2004|09:53 pm]
So I'm frantically editing in an attempt to finish this damned law review article by TOMORROW (AAAHHH!!!), but I had to take a moment to share this lovely little tidbit that I learned while looking for a reference.
Remember in december how they tested the new computer screening system in Atlanta and arrested a bunch of people - none of them terrorists, of course, just common criminals. Well apparently in the midst of the fun, someone decided to enter some names in the system and see if they came up as terrorists.
You'll be pleased to know that anyone named Osama Bin Laden would have been free to climb aboard a plane, were we relying strictly on our fabulous new mega-millions computer system. With its list of 13 million names of persons who might be terrorists.
I can just hear Transportation Safety Administration officials now: "Gosh darn, we knew we forgot somebody!"
I don't know if that makes me want to laugh, or run out to pick up duct tape and plastic sheeting.
13 million candidates? That's like having no names at all! Either that, or 5% of our population is about to break out in open revolution. Which, I somehow doubt. 13 million names? What a waste of money.
Maybe they figured he wouldn't use his real name, anyway.
Considering how much of this has been about appearances, I have my doubts about that.
2004-02-19 06:10 pm (UTC)
Since 9/11, I've only flown someplace once.
Since then, I've kept managing to find excuses not to fly, that sound a little less paranoid than "but the database is gonna tag me as a terrorist!", or that I didn't want to put up with a highly-possible "random" body search from the Gest-, oops, the TSA. Being an older white-bread female makes me an obvious target for these random searches. (I'm sick, I'm stressed, I can't afford it, etc etc.)
Oh yeah, and there's the fun part of the TSA not being accountable for its actions, since its a government agency, and not a private firm.
And.. I've never been convicted of a crime, nor have I ever done anything to be convicted of, apart from some experimental drug use during a misspent youth.
I don't know which is scarier, that innocent people can end up being body-searched or that it would still be so easy for a plane to be hijacked, and with something stronger than box-cutters.
I'm gonna keep finding those excuses.
I'm not boycotting the airlines, I'm boycotting the invasive non-security at the airports.