Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Underwear Bomb, OK. Play-doh, Not So Much

I don't usually find myself in agreement on too much with Len over at First Door on the Left. I find myself, at least in part, in agreement with his post called They Win in which he discusses the attempted bombing on Christmas Day by the Underwear Bomber.

To quote from that post:
First, they want to disrupt our way of life. Their goal is not, as the Republicans would have you believe, to kill us or to wipe us off the face of the planet. Their goal is to destroy our freedoms and our way of life, both of which they are extremely jealous and envious. Since we so eagerly become more paranoid and so willingly give up more of our freedoms each time one of them pulls one of these stunts, in this they are definitely succeeding.
For the most part, I agree with this assessment, though I believe they want to take as many of us out as they possibly can.  He is absolutely correct that they want to disrupt our way of life and have us give up the freedoms we enjoy in this country in the name of security.  A prime case in point is an incident that occurred in New Orleans.

A TSA officer at the New Orleans airport confiscated Play-doh from a 3 year old boy.  It was a Christmas present from the child's grandmother, and it was one of his favorite gifts he had received.  Needless to say, he was quite upset.  When we get to the point where we take toys away from a 3-year old child in the name of security, we have lost and the bad guys have won.

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  1. I agree that at the moment the terrorists are winning because we are the ones changing our ways directly because of them. After reading your post my husband and I were talking about the play-doh. He brought up a point I hadn't thought of. If the play-doh had been in a checked bag there wouldn't have been a problem. Taking it on board was a problem because TSA has no way of knowing if there were others who each could carry bits that when put together with the play-doh could make an explosive. While it's unlikely it's possible and what better way to get the play-doh on board than in the hands of a small child? The sad thing is explosives have been made using plasticine making play-doh a suspicious item. Hopefully things will get back to normal soon.

  2. some good points, Mom's. Play-doh, from what I read in the article, has a much different consistency and is not on the TSAs list of banned items. Things just tend to swing way too far to the extreme when an event like the attempted bombing occur. There just seems to be no room for rational thought.

  3. So true! That's the sad thing about this type of thing. I think too TSA agents are erring on the side of caution. Did you see in Canada they are installing more of the 'naked' scanners that see right through your clothes? There are some privacy issues and this might be contrary to our privacy act so privacy advocates are battling this decision. Again we are allowing the terrorists to win.



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