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Is this true?!

Posted by keithosaunders on January 4, 2010

I have read in two different blogs today that Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, the Nigerian man who tried to explode his underwear on Northwest Airlines flight 253, boarded without a passport — that he was escorted to the gate by a well dressed Indian man who told the crew that the Nigerian was Sudanese and had to fly without a passport.

If this is true then all of the new security is meaningless.  Even assuming that it’s not true, we are trading basic rights for security that is only microscopically better.  The chances that any one person will die from a terrorism attack on an airplane is over 10,000,000-1 —  considerably less than the odds of being struck by lightning.

The terrorists, in order to accomplish their goal, need not bring down a plane.  They merely must keep us in a constant state of anxiety and fear.  By these standards they are easily winning the war on terror.

The new full body scanners are going to cost over 40 billion to install.  Yet we were told that the U.S. couldn’t have the public option because of the money it would have cost.  How many more people would survive through better health care?  I’m betting it’s thousands of times the amount people who will be saved by enhanced security.

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3 Responses to “Is this true?!”

  1. honjii said

    You make an interesting point about the cost of the body scanners in relation to health care reform costs, which gives me an idea. Perhaps the body scanners could be a twofer…a security scanner and a medical device all wrapped into one.
    While scanning for weapons or explosives it could look for diseases and damaged organs. How cool is that, you get your yearly physical exam and a vacation for the price of a ticket to fly.

  2. […] Airport Body Scanners – Key to Health Care Reform? January 6, 2010 at 1:21 am | In 9/11, Current Events, government spending, health care, humor, technology, terrorism | Leave a Comment Tags: crotch bomber, enhanced airport security, full body scanners, underwear bomber Reading a post, about airport security, on The World According to Keith Saunders an idea occurred to me.  Keith compares the cost of instituting new security measures and the number of lives they will save, and the number of lives saved and the cost of health care reform. The new full body scanners are going to cost over 40 billion to install. Yet we were told that the U.S. couldn’t have the public option because of the money it would have cost. How many more people would survive through better health care? I’m betting it’s thousands of times the amount people who will be saved by enhanced security. read more […]

  3. i4aperture said

    hmm…neat idea honji…but I’m more than a little discouraged at the stuff that does get through security like GUNS, Knives and dumb ass terrorists…I don’t think I’d trust them to find the gold fillings in my mouth let alone diseases or damaged organs.

    but if they could help me lose weight the way they lose baggage and sometimes the missing personal stuff I pack in my baggage..like cologne bottles and valuable merchandise..I might turn a blind eye.

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