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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:56 PM
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The answer is, some of us die. And the rest of us grieve,
http://www.slate.com/id/2147492/nav/tap1 /
Twelve days ago, I flew from London's Heathrow Airport to Washington's Dulles airport. In my shoulder bag, I had two bottles of water and a portable alarm clock. If the security officers at Heathrow had taken my alarm clock and my bottles, I still had a wristwatch and a tube of toothpaste. If they'd taken those, I had butterscotch candies and three pens full of ink. If they'd taken those, I had a container of prescribed pills and a key that unlocks my car by remote control.

You want to stop people from blowing up planes with sophisticated explosives and detonators? Start confiscating pills and car keys.

That's my reaction to the news that we've foiled a plot involving fluid explosives and flash cameras. Airport security teams are confiscating liquids, gels, and lotions. Britain is banning iPods and cell phones. At Dulles, a passenger was ordered to peel her banana. Do you think somebody capable of hiding an explosive inside a banana peel isn't capable of hiding it inside the banana?

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The answer is, some of us die. And the rest of us grieve, but we go on, doing our best to fight the bad guys and heal the world. The grieving and fighting and healing never end the dying. "We are probably in the most sustained period of severe threat since the end of World War II," Reid observed. "While I am confident that the Security Services and Police will deliver 100% effort and 100% dedication, they can never guarantee 100% success."
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MadMaddie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:58 PM
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1. Great Article!!
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 11:09 PM
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2. I like it when I find a piece of good writing that expresses what I feel
This one does a good job.
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-11-06 08:23 AM
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3. 1 kick for the day crowd
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