Joking Now Illegal 276

One of the tinier income flows of the “security industry” amongst the billions of cash they have made from the War on Terror, is the money they get from television punditry. This is a double whammy as they get paid to stoke up the climate of fear on which they thrive.

Sky News have had two different security “experts” on in the last ten minutes, both assuring us how deadly serious last night’s incident on Emirates was, and that the police response was “Proportionate” and necessary. The Sky presenters repeated the mantra of proportionate action too.

Complete bollocks. Common sense seems to have gone out of the window completely. I don’t know exactly what Al-Qaida teach their potential bombers in the Yemen. Apparently they don’t teach them that you can’t blow up commercial explosive without a detonator, in the case of the underpants bomber. The UK authorities apparently believe they also don’t tell them not to let the flight crew know about the bomb, before the plane takes off.

According to “security expert” Chris from Bolton, the men may have been making a joke among themselves which the cabin staff overheard. Something like “Did you remember the bomb Jim?” “Don’t worry it’s in the hold”.

The authorities are very keen to introduce suspect profiling, to make sure Muslims get worked over. Here is a clue for suspect profiling: terrorists don’t tell you about the bomb in advance.

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  • Arsalan

    Snow joke as man is held over airport bomb tweet

    GalleryPosted on 18 Jan 2010 at 11:11

    A man who jokingly tweeted that he would blow up a snow-clogged airport has been arrested by anti-terror police in the UK.

    Paul Chambers decided to vent his frustration on the social-networking site after his plane was cancelled by the recent snowfall. “Robin Hood airport is closed,” he tweeted. “You’ve got a week and a bit to get your s**t together, otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high!!”

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    The joke backfired a week later when anti-terror police arrived on his doorstep and arrested him. “My first thought upon hearing it was the police was that perhaps a member of my family had been in an accident,” Chambers told The Independent. “Then they said I was being arrested under the Terrorism Act and produced a piece of paper. It was a print-out of my Twitter page. That was when it dawned on me.”

    Mr Chambers was reportedly questioned for seven hours, before being bailed until 11 February, when he’ll learn whether he’ll be charged with conspiring to create a bomb hoax.

    In the meantime, police deleted the bomb message from his Twitter account and have confiscated his iPhone, laptop and desktop computer. He’s also banned from the Doncaster airport for life.

  • arsalan

    8-Year-Old Boy Can’t Get Name Off Airport Security Watch List Mikey Hicks, an 8-year-old Cub Scout from Clifton, NJ, dreads flying out of Newark because airport security is always pulling him aside for frisking and interrogation, explaining that his name is “on the list.” He was first patted down at the age of 2, and cried like a baby. His mother would like everyone to feel sorry for him, but the other passengers probably felt a lot safer knowing no surprises were waiting inside his Pampers, hey-o.

    Of course, the Transportation Security Administration says just it’s a myth that this kid is on their “No-Fly” list, which is technically true?”Mikey is actually one of 13,500 people on the larger “selectee” list, which automatically triggers a high level of security screening. But for almost seven years, this snafu (which the TSA won’t comment on) has gotten increasingly annoying for the family, because they get tied up with security and are usually the last to get seat assignments and board the plane, preventing them from sitting together. Mikey’s mother, who actually got clearance to fly on Air Force One as a photojournalist, is well-armed with zingers for the Times:

    Up your arms, down your arms, up your crotch ?” someone is patting your 8-year-old down like he’s a criminal. A terrorist can blow his underwear up and they don’t catch him. But my 8-year-old can’t walk through security without being frisked… I understand the need for security. But this is ridiculous. It’s quite clear that he is 8 years old, and while he may have terroristic tendencies at home, he does not have those on a plane.

    81,793 travelers have submitted formal requests demanding their names be taken off the watch list; more than 25,000 of their cases are still pending. Mario Labbe, a Canadian record-company executive, was stopped so many times since 9/11 he finally got fed up and just changed his name. Now they don’t bother him anymore! The system works! “We can’t just throw a bunch of names on these lists and call it security,” Representative William J. Pascrell Jr., a New Jersey Democrat, tells the Times. “If we can’t get an 8-year-old off the list, the whole list becomes suspect.”

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