What a great photograph!
During a family gathering a few nights ago, we were reminiscing about travelling through Europe in the fairly recent past and describing how intimidating many of the European police forces seemed to be, bearing sidearms and dressed in their militiaristic uniforms. These days, those foreign forces seem relatively benign..
The USA is now encouraging we docile, compliant Brits into getting worked up about terrorists with implanted bombs:
Intelligence suggests that terrorists are planning to use high explosive hidden under the skin which could then be injected with another chemical.
While there is no information about a specific plot, US officials have picked up chatter suggesting that the method could be used against Western targets by terrorists boarding aircraft abroad.
They have warned transport officials in Britain and elsewhere to be on the guard against such attacks.
A US advisory notice said: “The Department of Homeland Security has identified a potential threat from terrorists who may be considering surgically implanting explosives or explosive components in humans to conduct terrorist attacks.” The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has called for airports to be more vigilant in their checks to detect homemade explosives such as PETN hidden under the skin.
“These measures are designed to be unpredictable, so passengers should not expect to see the same activity at every international airport,” Nick Kimball, a spokesman for the TSA, said.
“Measures may include interaction with passengers, in addition to the use of other screening methods such as pat-downs and the use of enhanced tools and technologies.”
Chattering. It’s a good tactic isn’t it? For both sides…
As to the specifics of the threat, we’re currently banned from taking sharps into the cabin. Any liquids we take on board are screened and restricted. How would it be possible to inject a bomb-making chemical if the existing security measures are working as claimed?
And the mind boggles at the vague and rather menacing phrase, ‘interaction with passengers’. What can it mean?
We’re not able to defeat terrorism: it will always be with us. Rather than being sheep-herded by the nutters, we need to bite the bullet and do what the Israelis do; use profiling.