“Warning that another terror strike against the United States cannot be ruled out, Vice-President Dick Cheney has said the recent court ruling to end a terrorism-related telephone tapping programme was “just dead-wrong.”

Thanks Captain Obvious, for pointing that out. The same could have been said before 9/11. We never know if or when another attack could occur, but that’s no reason to disregard constitutional laws at the expense of citizens.

The NYT, in complying with UK law, has blocked UK web surfers from accessing this article. Pretty useless considering that other people have websites too (*gasp*). I’m willing to bet that this action has likely increased the number of UK citizens interested in the article.

On the 15th of August, two seperate incidents lead to emergency evacuation in North American airports. The first was an Alaska Air flight to Los Angeles, where a suspicious item was found, leading to an evacuation. The item turned out to be the remote control for a toy car. Here’s what gets me:

“law enforcement continues investigating to find the owner and the reason it was left on the plane.”

Why do they have to act like a bunch of hard asses even after they’ve concluded that it’s not terror related? Some kid forgot the remote. Get over it. Later that day, on a United flight to Ottawa, a young man accidentally dropped his iPod into the toilet. This led to an emergency landing, followed by one on one interviews with everyone on board. Talk about great use of tax money! The culprit was taken aside, and asked questions beyond the realm of rationality. Here’s his account of what happened. It’s well worth the read. Here’s an account of another passenger who was on the same flight.

Passengers will be ban-ned from taking liquids bought outside the security screening zone on an “enduring basis”, security experts at the Department for Transport (DfT) said.

The officials indicated that any relaxation of the rules would depend on the development of technology able to detect all potentially explosive liquids, the perceived level of threat and the experience gained from operating the procedures.

 

The Discovery Channel will be airing an 11 part documentary entitled Terror Strikes:

“The series will bring to viewers the devastation and loss of life from terrorism capturing the immaculate planning, the hidden intentions and the close knit working of terorrist groups.”

So gather the kids, make some popcorn, and barricade the door. This is an event the whole family can enjoy.

 

A flight bound for India was diverted back to Amsterdam on Wednesday as the flight crew became suspicious of 12 Indian Muslims who were apparently acting unruly. After parousing several articles, it seems the issue was that they were passing around a cell phone, or perhaps a few cell phones. They also might have been ignoring requests to be silent and to sit still. The men were held for two days, and subsequently released. India’s Dutch embassador has publicly apologized for incident.

Update:

“The way they got arrested inside the plane with everybody seeing how they got treated, I though it was inhuman… they were treated like dogs,” said Antunius Slotboom, who was on Northwest flight No 42 with 149 passengers that was escorted back to Schipol airport by F-16 fighters on Wednesday.

Another case of fighter jets saving the day.

A woman suffering from a claustrophobia induced panic attack caused a massive security response, as fighter jets were called in to escort the plane to an emergency landing in Boston.

What do you do if you find two locked bathroom doors in the midst of a flight? How about making an emergency landing? This was the case on Monday as a United Airlines flight headed for Miami decided to land early in Tampa, after the flight crew became alarmed with the locked doors.

All it took was one person to feel uneasy with a Muslim man praying before their flight took off. The nervous man informed a flight attendant, and the Muslim man, Dr. Ahmed Farooq, was removed from the flight, along with two colleagues. He was soon cleared to fly, but not before missing his flight. He was forced to spend the night in Denver, at his own expense, before flying back home to Winnipeg the next day.

“There were two passengers on the flight who came to the attention of the other people because they were apparently acting suspiciously.

No details of their “suspicious” behaviour were revealed.

Well, considering their suspicious behaviour was the act of appearing to be Asian or Middle Eastern, we shouldn’t be surprised.

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