Saturday, December 18, 2010

Grandma Molested at the Airport

Hat tip to Linda Lawry on Buzz for posting this. I got a kick out of it.

The reality of it thought, is that songs like this one help us on our way to accepting the situation. Which I'm not really sure should be the case.

Yesterday, I saw on GMA that in D.C. they are randomly searching backpacks, briefcases, etc., on the Metro. The purported purpose is because we are at a heightened alert because it's the holidays, but no specific threat. So basically the authorities are searching our personal possessions because the feel like it. Yet at the same time, various companies under government pressure are removing the public's ability to donate to Wikileaks (again hat tip to Linda), as the mass media focuses on Julian Assange's legal problems in Sweden, there is no credible questioning of any intensity or as much gusto as to how the eff a private in the military was able to gain access to all of this information? How does that happen? Is our governments security as bad as that?

What I find particularly interesting is that while the authorities are searching bags and personal effects on the Metro for no specific threat, the Detroit Consulate has issued a warning over possible terror attacks in the U.S. or Europe.

国際刑事警察機構(ICPO)事務総局からの日本政府に対する連絡によると,国際テロ組織アル・カーイダがクリスマス期間中に欧州と米国においてテロを計画しているとの情報がありました。

So what isn't the U.S. government saying? Why is it that they point to a threat only because it's the holiday season and increased travel by the public. Why don't they indicate that there seems to be information regarding an Al Qaeda(how com qaeda doesn't have a "u" in it? I thought q was always, without fail, followed by a u..) threat?

So while I got a kick out of this video, it got me to thinking about why the U.S. government seems to be so unreliable and untrustworthy at this point. For the record I certainly don't believe that it is in fact malicious, but rather well intentioned incompetence.


I really should write posts like these so early on a Saturday morning as my thoughts really aren't in working order. Then again, if I hadn't I probably wouldn't have written anything at all and just gone on in information consumption without trying to process it at all...

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