Security, terrorism and fear

December 28, 2009 at 6:02 pm 1 comment

I truly appreciate the security precautions that exist, especially with regards to terrorism.  That word alone was not in my vocabulary growing up and it can be hard to fathom this is the world we live in now.  However, knowing that there are many in the world who work to protect our freedom and our security is a welcome relief to the fear.

The one issue that I have had in recent years is the reactive nature we have.  Every time a terrorist does something on an airplane, TSA mandates rules and regulations to combat the very thing that almost happened. Reactive.  So far, I have not seen that the terrorists repeat themselves very often, at least from what we hear.  Each time an attack has been thwarted, it has been a novel way. I don’t applaud this. I am in fact terrified each time something happens and it is something not tried before. Again, that I am aware of.  And again, TSA reacts today indicating that on international flights, no one get up for anything the last hour. If a plane has to circle due to heavy traffic or other reasons, how would this be regulated?

I realize that much happens that is not talked about. That many planned attacks are stopped before they come to fruition. I am truly thankful for the talents of others who do this and am not criticizing this. What I ask is how we can be more proactive? How can we look at ways to prevent terrorists?  In this recent instance, the underwear bomber’s father called the US Embassy in Yemen and warned them about his son. This information was ignored despite his son having a US Visa. Despite his purchase of a $3000 plane ticket in cash. Despite his boarding a plane without checking any luggage. Instead he was put on a list and not the no-fly list either.  This was preventable.

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  • 1. thelocalguide  |  December 28, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    It just makes us wonder what security agencies and airport security are doing.

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