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.

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.


August 25, 2006

This site is here in response to the excessive paronoia, Islamophobia, and generally irrational knee-jerk reactions of fear resulting from ubiquitious media coverage of terror plots. I’d like to quote fellow blogger Bruce Schneier:

The point of terrorism is to cause terror, sometimes to further a political goal and sometimes out of sheer hatred. The people terrorists kill are not the targets; they are collateral damage. And blowing up planes, trains, markets or buses is not the goal; those are just tactics. The real targets of terrorism are the rest of us: the billions of us who are not killed but are terrorized because of the killing. The real point of terrorism is not the act itself, but our reaction to the act.

And we’re doing exactly what the terrorists want.

This will be a portal for any unnecesary acts of panic, censorship, emergency landings, etc. that make their way into the news and/or blogosphere. Enjoy.