28 December 2009

Engineering around idiocy again

Thanks to Doogie Howser Security, Secretary Napolitano was forced to admit that airline security system failed
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the aviation security system failed when a young man on a watch list with a U.S. visa in his pocket and a powerful explosive hidden on his body was allowed to board a fight from Amsterdam to Detroit.
A day after saying the system worked, Napolitano said her words had been taken out of context. She said Monday on NBC's 'Today' show that 'our system did not work in this instance.'
Napolitano said an investigation ordered by the Obama administration will look at why Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was allowed to board a U.S.-bound flight on Christmas Day despite being on a terrorist watch list.

Which inevitably leads to the predictable over-reaction
New security restrictions swiftly implemented following a botched attempt to blow up an airliner on Christmas Day are making air travel more burdensome and could discourage some business fliers, key customers for the airlines.
Passengers will likely face longer lines at checkpoints and less freedom to move around the airplane during flight. Leisure travelers, such as the families that packed airports to return home on Sunday after the holiday, are likely to put up with the new inconveniences, as they have before.

Here's a thought, why don't we make it a point to enforce the actual rules, and when someone fails to enforce those rules, we fire them. Creating new rules to catch criminals even in the light of failure by the idiots enforcing them only institutionalizes the level of idiocy that allowed the original mistake in the first place. Weed out the morons; don't protect them by trying to moron-proof the rules.

By: Brant

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