Should have seen that coming, really. I must be slipping in my old age.
One of you will end up here next!
The body scanners are just expensive corporate technology and plans to implement it were in the works long before the underwear bomber. Did you see how fast that **** rolled out after the failed bombing hit the news? It was like instant. These things are never accidents. A lot of money is at stake. Your tax dollars to their pockets.
The scanners are a joke anyway because people will still hide things in their bodies. If an organized terrorist group wants to bomb your flight for real, then there is not much you can do. Contrary to popular belief they are far from stupid.
I think they only do the plane thing occasionally, and perhaps muffing it deliberately, is to screw up air travel, make everyone look foolish, and remind people of terrorism without actually having to commit it.
What fools we are to put up with this airport craziness.
The problem is that we give up freedom too quickly. People often say that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance but that's just a platitude these days. Do people really get it anymore? Freedom isn't something the government provides to you, it's something that you are willing to live with. It means that you continue taking flights even though there is a small chance that yours might be the one that a terrorist is on. It means that you acknowledge guns as tools and not these violence making machines that are inherently evil, and you live with them even though there could be crazies that go on shooting rampages.
Freedom means risk and if you want it, you will never be completely safe. That's just how it is. But yeah, I don't think people really get it anymore. We're either too complacent or we're too far removed from the fight to maintain it, or something. Whatever the reason, people don't understand freedom.
My grandparents understand freedom way more than my generation does. They came here on a boat during WWII when London was in flames and their house had been blown up. They were on ferries coming across the Atlantic while u-boats were blowing up other ships in the water all around them. Their captain turned off their boat's engine and everyone cowered in silence hoping that their boat wasn't hit. My grandmother was giving birth to my oldest aunt in a cupboard while her small town was being bombed by zepplins. My grandparents love the U.S. even today because of what it means to live out most of your days in relative peace, but you know, even they see that the tide is slowly turning.
"To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by rights to hand down to them."~ Theodore Roosevelt (Message to Congress, Dec. 3, 1907)
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)