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Gen.Aviation And Terror? What About Gen. Motoring?  
User currently offlineVoodoo From Niue, joined Mar 2001, 2176 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1984 times:

satire of a CBS report on GA:
> (CBS) They are a soaring real estate trend: drive-in
> communities called
> developments. "Every house has a paved driveway to
> the main road," says
> Harvey Smith, an Olde Fox Hunt Pointe realtor.
> Amenities include your very
> own cul-de-sac, your own personal garage, and the
> freedom to come and go as
> you please.
> "There's really no security in regards to living
> with your car," says Smith.
> And, as CBS News Correspondent Bob Wire reports,
> that's the fear. These
> suburban developments, like the one in Alexandria
> Commons in Northern
> Virginia, are an open invitation for terrorists.
> "I think it's a real concern," says property manager
> John Wiggle. "I think
> it's a possibility."
> There are millions of suburban developments in the
> United States, and most
> are like Alexandria Commons, with just a single
> entrance road.
> There are no fences, no gates, no security systems
> and no federal
> requirements to have them.
> Since Sept.11, 2001, the government has not ordered
> Wiggle to make any
> security changes at his development.
> Would-be passengers and luggage are not screened,
> says Stalin.
> "We haven't really implemented the razor wire, the
> big tall fences, the
> security gates," says Wiggle.
> Smith says he tries to keep a close watch on the
> residents and their
> visitors, but former National Transportation and
> Safety Board managing
> director Jack Stalin says, that's not security.
> "Homeland Security has to make individual motoring a
> priority," says Stalin.
> "They've got to develop a program, and they're going
> to have to spend some
> money on it." A single SUV can carry up to ten
> times the explosives that a
> small aircraft can, and there is zero regulation of
> them. With the use of
> shaped charge explosives, they can deal a crippling
> blast for hundreds of
> yards -- far wider than existing security
> perimeters. Unlike aircraft
> owners and pilots, who are subject to stringent
> regulation and full time
> radar tracking, would-be motorists can easily obtain
> cars and licences, and
> even park right at their own homes.
> He says terrorists are well aware of these small
> insecure residential areas.
> "That's where they learned to drive," says Stalin.
> "We know the terrorists
> trained in small communities with less traffic.
> Many even have driving
> schools located nearby. We don't even require a
> Secret clearance to drive a
> car."
> "We know that the Sept. 11 terrorists were able to
> quickly disperse to the
> airports that they attacked from by using rental
> cars. Rental car offices
> have yet to even take blood and tissue samples for
> DNA matching and positive
> identification. Anyone can rent a car"
> Some argue that there's no need to worry because
> most are small ground
> vehicles. But packed with explosives, even small
> cars could be devastating
> bombs.
> "A Geo Metro driving off from a remote suburban
> development is going to be
> virtually untrackable and will suddenly appear into
> a restricted area
> - into a high population area, and there's going to
> be nothing we can do
> about it," says Stalin. ""They don't have to file a
> drive plan, check with
> the local police before getting in their car, or
> carry a GPS transmitter for
> tracking."
> Last year, two individuals in the Washington DC area
> outfitted a small car
> with a sniper station in the trunk and killed a
> number of people.
> Authorities were unable to find or stop it.
> One year later, there've been no mandated security
> changes.
> "We need to make it a real concern and deal with it
> and try as best we can
> so that it will never happen," says Smith.
> Until then, vulnerability will be the price for
> motorists' freedom.
> "Part of the irony is that the money that financed
> Bin Ladin actually came
> from all these people who can just jump in their
> cars whenever they want to,
> without even a police officer aboard. The fuel they
> burned came right from
> Saudi Arabia"
> Wiggle agrees. "if we can destroy our own economy
> and values peacefully, Al
> Qaida will be discouraged from planning any attacks
> on us. In addition to
> the scorched earth factor, if we appear sufficiently
> cowardly, Bin Ladin
> will be ashamed to even say bad things about us.
> You have to understand how international terrorists
> think -- they gain
> prestige by only going after strong opponents who
> are respected."

` Yeaah! Baade 152! Trabi of the Sky! '
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User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6210 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1969 times:

Yea, AOPA http://www.aopa.org blasted this CBS report. Admittedly, it is pretty "one sided" and "unfair".

Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
User currently offlineDw747400 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1276 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1965 times:

One pilot I talked to summed it up pretty well:

"I can get myself and about 90 pounds of C-4 into my Ercoupe, a little less if its hot. Meanwhile, the U-haul truck I just rented can pull around about 10,000 pounds of whatever I want."

Think about it...

CFI--Certfied Freakin Idiot
User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6210 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1950 times:

Thanks Dw747400; I could have never said it better myself! When will people see logic!

Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
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