a fair and balanced birdthing (raaven) wrote,
a fair and balanced birdthing
raaven

The Promised Links

Mass Murder in the Skies: Was the Plot Feasible?
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/08/17/flying_toilet_terror_labs/
http://www.interesting-people.org/archives/interesting-people/200608/msg00087.html

Does the TSA even believe it was feasible? If so, they need to be put on the racks for reckless endangerment of the lives of thousands at airports across the US.
http://www.xopl.com/blog/2006/08/10/crockofshit.html?PHPSESSID=8af6ef0aa2f094d11f69d55963d71569

Really, don't even get me started about the retarded ideas of safety the TSA has. Not just a waste of our tax money, an active abuse.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060815/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/terror_plot_security
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TRAVEL/08/13/air.security/index.html?section=cnn_topstories
http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig3/monahan1.html
http://papersplease.org/gilmore/

In contrast to previous reports, one senior British official suggested an attack was not imminent, saying the suspects had not yet purchased any airline tickets. In fact, some did not even have passports.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14320452/

The UK Terror Plot: what's really going on?
http://www.craigmurray.co.uk/archives/2006/08/the_uk_terror_p.html

Does Torture Work?
http://www.strategypage.com/dls/articles2002/20020429.asp
(this article begs the questions: What was the skill level of the group in Pakistan that tortured this "terrorist"? How long did they have him? What specific methods did they use? Was that information even remotely reliable?)

I'm sorry to say that though I saw the best cartoon ever about the situation, I didn't make a note of where it is, and so have lost it. I'll post it if I run across it again. Meanwhile, some excellent food for thought:

A False Sense of Insecurity?
http://www.cato.org/pubs/regulation/regv27n3/v27n3-5.pdf

Wait, Aren't You Scared?
http://kfmonkey.blogspot.com/2006/08/wait-arent-you-scared.html
(thanks to shiba_inu for that one)

Ze Frank - The Show 8/10/06 (those since are quite good, too)
http://www.zefrank.com/theshow/archives/2006/08/081006.html#


Over the weekend, I watched some of my newly aquired Lone Gunmen episodes, including the pilot, which I had never seen (or heard anything about). It originally aired in March, 2001. In it, a faction of the government (one presumably invested in defense contracts), cooks up a terrorism scenario that they then play out themselves that involves...wait for it...flying a 727 into the World Trade Center, in order to drive defense spending up and make money. That was a nasty little emotional shock, I gotta tell ya. Clips at the link below:
http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/december2004/171204haglund.htm
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