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Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Security Theatre.

Two non surprises over airport security recently. First is that the new body scanners are going to be inflicted on us here in Australia as well as the rest of the free-for-a-given-value-of-'free' world that is governed by knee jerk politics and poll obsessed fuckwits. Second, the first claims of abuse of the system and the copying and circulation of images have already emerged.

Now maybe this is bullshit and it's just a bit of self publicity on the part of Shah Rukh Khan, and to be fair it is being denied by BAA. But on the other hand any staff that did do what's been claimed are hardly likely to have circulated it round the whole company. Even if they had done so in my tin foil hat moments I might well be prepared to believe that they might have been taken aside somewhere and told that it was all very embarrassing for the company and the government, and that their ongoing employment would therefore be tied closely to their continuing silence on the matter.

As I said not so long ago, far from helping win the fight against religious headcases all this security theatre is handing them a major fucking victory.
... why is the UK even bothering to carry on fighting in the 'Stan? Why, when the chickenshits in charge have already let terrorists score so many victories? Attacked supposedly for our decadent, western, freedom loving ways the whole fucking west responds by restricting the freedom of its citizens. Thanks to knowing which buttons to press a few headjobs have ensured that getting on a plane is now a colossal pain in the arse and that you can't take a photograph without attracting the attention of some overbearing, gum chewing, busybody, bullying cocksocket who makes Constable Savage look reasonable.
What the fuck happened over the last ten years? When did we become such softcocks? When did we let other people decide for us whether it's safe to go somewhere? Why do so many of us roll over so meekly and allow our fucking governments - the cunts that are supposed to be elected to make sure what we say gets done (yes, ahahahahahahahahaha, I know, ahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha) - to hand the win to religious nutters because there might be yet another one prepared to set his underpants on fire?
The bottom line is that by changing our lives so much for the terrorist threat we lose and they win.
And I still stand by that now. This is a step backwards for freedom and therefore a massive own goal. At this point I'd be inclined to say harden the fuck up, but as I discovered via Obo not long after I wrote those words it's not even fucking necessary. If the Israelis don't have to put up with all this shit and three hours of fucking security checks at the airport - yes, the Israelis DON'T go through all this* - then there's no plausible reason why the rest of us should have to either.
"Israelis, unlike Canadians and Americans, don't take s--- from anybody. When the security agency in Israel (the ISA) started to tighten security and we had to wait in line for – not for hours – but 30 or 40 minutes, all hell broke loose here. We said, `We're not going to do this. You're going to find a way that will take care of security without touching the efficiency of the airport.'"
And they did. Without reiterating it all (read the links for details of how Israel does things at Ben Gurion International) they don't put travellers through the purgatory experience we do but they don't feel like they sacrificed security - if anything they'd probably argue the exact reverse. In the USA, UK, parts of Europe and now Australia our governments have taken the approach of buying very expensive pieces of equipment that they make lots of claims about but that potentially can be defeated by a number of techniques, and in any case have already been shown to miss things that they are supposed to pick up.

Still, as long as the companies that make the fucking things are coining it in, eh?

But what really fucks me off is the number or people who are completely missing the point. It's not that someone gets to see your cock or your tits, or in some cases both.

The real outrage is that the default position of governments, airport operators and security staff throughout nominally free societies - most especially the Home of the Unfree and the land of the Slave, whose collective overreaction to what Europeans had been putting up with for decades I suspect is behind much of this - is to assume that each and every passenger is a terrorist. Remember that next time you fly. It was bad enough in the days when you were thought of as Self Loading Freight wanting a fortnight in Benidorm. Now, just by the act of buying a plane ticket, we are automatically suspected of being Suicidal Looney Fruitcake after an eternity in Paradise.


* Until they arrive in Europe, Australia or the United States, obviously.
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