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Sunday, 28 November 2004

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Paranoia anyone?

Well, chalk up another victory for the Republican party. Paranoia is running rampant in America and the Fox News "Terror Alert" has a friend in the airline industry - the TSA.

These articles bring up some great points and they focus on reactions to situations rather than proactions to possible scenarios. I agree that airlines are great targets for terrorist bombers and these 'soft targets' will continue to be that way. I agree that more stringent security measures are needed to keep these assholes off the planes. But at what point do the rights of the individual get surpassed by the encroaching demands of the government? Wait, don't Republicans want LESS government involvement in everyday life? But yet GW has brought more laws and acts into legislation over the last 4 years that encroach on personal rights than any president in the last 100 years (maybe more).

What about technology that is less invasive? I know it sounds like a pipe dream but the technology is available to scan people like they do in "Total Recall". No, there isn't a skeleton walking across the screen but it would be possible to do something along those lines. MRIs are already used in medical technology to survey within the human body. I am sure that some modifications can be made to existing technology to make this a not-so-futuristic application.

Or what about the Republican ideal of laisser faire? "An economic doctrine that opposes governmental regulation of or interference in commerce beyond the minimum necessary for a free-enterprise system to operate according to its own economic laws."
Why not make the airlines more accountable for their own security? If a certain airline has a security issue, people will stop flying it, hence removing the weaker business. Yes airline ticket prices will be higher as a result but business will find a way, it always does.

I feel bad for those whom are grabbed and poked and stared at. It isn't their fault that the elected officials made these silly laws. Oh wait, according to the last election results - over half of America is responsible for the guys who put these silly rules into effect...

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