“A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.” - Edward Abbey

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Airport Security - Bring Back the Cleaver Sleeve!

By now, we have all undoubtedly read about the failed attempt to blow-up Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Xmas day by Abdul Abdulmutallab - the so called underwear bomber. In case you missed it, the 23-year old Nigerian student had 80 grams of the explosive PETN sewn into him underwear. He attempted to set-off the explosives while the plane was in flight, but was thwarted in his efforts by other passengers.

Now that details of Captain Underwear’s attempted bombing exploits are being exposed, they are raising quite a few eyebrows due to the apparent lapses in security that led to this guy getting on the plane in the first place. With all the hype and fear-mongering that has ensued, coupled with calls for the expansion of the police state and pleas for heightened airline security by the disaster capitalists, one can’t help thinking that this was part of a false flag operation designed to further some other agenda.

Let’s start with the obvious. How in the world does this guy get on the plane in the first place? As investigative journalist Webster Tarpley points out,

• [Abdul Abdulmutallab] had been denied an entrance visa to Great Britain.
• He had been denounced to the US Embassy in Lagos, Nigeria as a possible terrorist by his own father in mid-November.
• His one-way ticket to Detroit was bought in Ghana for cash.
• He reportedly entered Nigeria illegally.
• In Amsterdam , he was assisted at the Northwest Airlines gate by a “well-dressed Indian” who explained that [Abdulmutallab] had no passport.
• He had PETN, the same substance used by shoe bomber Richard Reid.
• In spite of all this, his US entry visa was never revoked.
• He never made it onto the no-fly list.
• He was never thoroughly searched.

The government has done their best to pitch the event as a security lapse and an intelligence failure, but there are too many “coincidences” for any thinking person to believe such a cock and bull story.

On the US home front, the disaster capitalists are exploiting the fear generated by the (orchestrated?) underwear bomber incident to impose new “security measures” at US airports. Within hours of the news breaking, there were passionate pleas for the use of airport body scanners. The scanners, which employ low level radio waves, are designed to peer beneath your clothing but not penetrate your skin. If effect, it allows security screeners to conduct a no-touch frisking and strip search on an individual. Despite fears of having our civil rights violated, the moneyed interests behind the technology assure us that the devices will actually protect our privacy. Protect our privacy? Really? Check the picture below and the one at the lead of this article. You decide!

No-touch strip search device.

Speaking of moneyed interests, it is interesting to see just what defense contractors and which individuals are set to cash in from the forced implementation of the body scanners. Among those set to cash in are Cha-Ching!!:

• Tom Blank - former TSA deputy administrator, now a lobbyist for American Science & Engineering, Inc.
• Chad Wolf - former assistant administrator for policy at TSA and current AS&E lobbyist.
• Kevin Kelly - former staffer to Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., who sits on the Homeland Security Appropriations subcommittee. Kelley is currently a lobbyist for Smiths Detection (screening manufacturer)
• Former Sen. Al D’Amato, R-N.Y., represents L3 Systems, manufacturer of scanning devices.

In addition to these people, it should also be pointed out the person who stands to profit the most from the sale of the full body scanners is none other than former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff. Chertoff is presently the head of the Chertoff Group, a firm that represents one of the leading manufacturers of whole-body-imaging machines, Rapiscan Systems. A quick check of Rapsican’s parent company, OSI Systems, shows that there stock price shot up over 43% in the two weeks following calls by the government for the use of the scanners.

What makes this whole story ironic and highlights the duplicitous nature of the events surrounding the incident is that the scanners would not have been sufficient to catch someone like Abdulmutallab from carrying out their plans. The scanners can not detect either thin plastic bags or the powdered explosives he had concealed in his tighty-whiteys. Nevertheless, we are set to spend millions upon millions of tax-payer dollars to have these scanner placed in every major airport in the US, and perhaps beyond. The only real effect they will have is to line the pockets of the corporatists who run the country. And they are going to invade your privacy, expand the police state, and violate your civil rights to do so! Ain't America great!

Is all this really necessary? Or are we being scared into turning over our civil rights under the rubric of security? All this non-sense we have to go through in the supposed name of airport security is becoming ridiculous. As it is now, you have to remove your hat, jacket, shoes, and belt to get through the TSA check-point. If you forget to take a dime out of your pocket, you stand the risk of being patted down by a stranger in latex gloves (for those of you who frequent the vicinity of 13th & Locust, there is no charge for a TSA pat-down!). If all that were not bad enough, now they want to install scanners to get their proverbial hands in to your pants. At this pace we may as well show up naked at the gate carrying only our boarding pass and passport.

Naked Airlines?

Or perhaps we can seek less drastic measures by making it easier for the Fed's to examine our chamber tackle. This could be done by adopting Max Keiser’s advice and requiring all traveling males to don their Elderidge Cleaver pants. By simply slipping our genitalia into the aptly named Cleaver Sleeve, we could present our tastefully accoutered appendages for easy examination by begloved government agents.

The answer to our airport security problems?

In all seriousness, if the government really wanted to prevent these underwear bomber type of incident from happening, they could very easily have do so by simply following common sense procedures which are already in place!. These would have stopped the underwear bomber in his skid marks – er, tracks. He should have been on a no-fly list in the first place. That aside, purchasing a one-way international ticket with cash should have raised several red flags. Boarding an international flight without a passport should have raised a few more, as well as set-off all sorts of alarms. Somehow they didn’t.

And the band plays on…

1 comment:

  1. Great piece! I hadn't heard that Chertoff stood to profit from this. Just more proof that the Power Elite of this country just keep getting richer no matter what. Their ability to capitalize on these wars and 9/11 is disgusting and incredible.