Communion Of Dreams


That’d be my luck.
January 6, 2010, 1:47 pm
Filed under: Civil Rights, Emergency, Failure, Government, Predictions, Preparedness, Privacy, Terrorism

As if the introduction of full-body scanners after some nut set his nuts on fire wasn’t enough – now security officials have decided to play a game of “hide the Semtex” and wound up losing a lump of it in a passenger’s baggage on an international flight. A lump big enough to down a jetliner. And then they didn’t bother to tell anyone for three days.

No, I am not making this up:

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — A failed airport security test ended up with a Slovak man unwittingly carrying hidden explosives in his luggage on a flight to Dublin, Slovak officials admitted Wednesday — a mistake that enraged Irish authorities and shocked aviation experts worldwide.

While the Slovaks blamed the incident on ”a silly and unprofessional mistake,” Irish officials and security experts said it was foolish for the Slovaks to hide actual bomb parts in the luggage of innocent passengers under any circumstances.

The passenger himself was detained by Irish police for several hours before being let go without charge Tuesday.

The Irish were also angry that it took the Slovaks three days to tell them about the Saturday mistake and that the pilot of the airplane decided to fly to Dublin anyway even after being told that an explosive was in his aircraft’s checked luggage.

Can you imagine being the poor bastard who unwittingly was the mule for this little exercise? That’d be my luck:

Ding dong.

“Honey, there are some gentlemen here from the FBI, Secret Service, and Homeland Security who want a word with you . . . ”

Jeez.

Anyway, now that this delightful stunt has happened, I expect that we’ll all have to stop taking any luggage whatsoever, for fear that some security official somewhere will forget where he left his “bomb components”.

Hey, makes as much sense, and would do about as much good, as the full-body scanners we’ll all soon have to go through.

Jim Downey

(Cross posted to UTI.)


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At least you’re not eight years old:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/14/nyregion/14watchlist.html?em

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