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The Grinch That Almost Stole Christmas... 2001

Sun Dec 23, 2001 8:50 am

As most of you probably know by now, earlier today, a man has attempted to detonate explosives on board of an AA 767 in flight from CDG to MIA (flight # 63). The man was luckily subdued by F/A's and pax who were alerted by a sulphur smell coming from the matches that he was using to try and ignite explosives hidden in his shoes. The bastards are getting even more creative. The one thing we can be sure of right now is that the timing, about 48 hours before Christmas Eve, was deffinetely not a coincidence. Nice try. Following the events of 9/11, I wouldn't wanna be that stupid bastard when the pax got their hands on him!

So, who is our mistery man? Well, he had a newly issues British passport (probably fake), which says his name is "Richard Ried". Yeah, right. Deffinetely a Mossad agent, as many of our "open-minded" members will soon claim. Most of us know better. So who is he? Part of OBL's great conspiracy that began with the 9/11? An opportunist? At least they got him alive this time.

You have to admit that the US government did warn the public of possible attacks in this period of time. Hopefuly this will show people that all the crazy security measures are worthless if the US doesn't invest more time and money into it's intelligence agencies and its armed forces. Being more agressive in fighting terror is also necessary. Too bad Ronald Reagan couldn't see this far ahead 15-20 years ago, eh? Guess what? The US had all this crap coming. And no, I'm not talking about it's foreign policies, I'm talking about its leadership not being agressive enough in the past, a few cruise missiles a couple days after a terrorist attack is not fighting terrorism. I won't blame it all on the Clinton administration, though. They were just the people who happened to be there. A Republican woudn't have done anything differently. Let's face it, without the 9/11, America's approach would have never changed.

So, for now, merry Christmas everybody! Enjoy being with your loved ones, and make sure you're thankful for all the wonderful things you've got.

P.S. Screw you, terrorists!

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RE: The Grinch That Almost Stole Christmas... 2001

Sun Dec 23, 2001 9:17 am

Hey, what more do we need?

We've already banned non-ticketed pax from entering the gate areas.

We check tickets twice. We shakedown people at random, and put National Guardsmen in the airports.

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RE: The Grinch That Almost Stole Christmas... 2001

Sun Dec 23, 2001 9:24 am

Matt D, this guy got on a plane in Paris, which is actually not in the US. More than that, the US national guard doesn't have any troops in France. Saying "we" have done this and that refers to the US-maybe France should take a page from the US's recent security increases.
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RE: The Grinch That Almost Stole Christmas... 2001

Sun Dec 23, 2001 9:51 am

"maybe France should take a page from the US's recent security increases. "

The security at probably every airport I've been to is a total joke. They like to create a scene by pulling people out of lines for the random pat-downs, but when the metal-detecting wand is beeping and beeping, and the "checker" isn't trying to find out what's making it beep, that is a joke.

About the only place where I felt like the security people were actually trying to keep prohibited items from entering aircraft was at Tucson, where just about every bag was opened and searched thoroughly ... and that was because they guy working the X-Ray image screen was paying VERY careful attention to what he was doing, not just glancing at the screen like they do at a lot of places.

I am totally NOT surprised that someone got on a plane with explosives, no matter where it originated. In the US, the National Guard isn't going to keep that from happening. I liked the idea of having a "sniffer dog" at the scanning line. And, even as intrusive as this may be, if the feds TRULY want to keep certain objects off of flights, they need to make sure that the people administering the pat-downs are not just "appearing" as though that's what they are doing. And let's make sure that checked-luggage is being scanned, too.

And even though it may seem like a not-so-complicated task, as long as humans are involved, there will forever be "breaches." People can and are going to be bad security employees, for whatever reason. People can *choose* to pack explosives into their shoes. And as long as this happens, which will be, like, forever probably, nothing will be totally fool-proof.

But I'm just babbling.  Insane  Smile
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RE: The Grinch That Almost Stole Christmas... 2001

Sun Dec 23, 2001 10:04 am

Hopefuly this is an isolated act, but then again, there are still 48 hours until Christmas Eve...

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