The video link is: http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=1736851
The story is concerned primarily with chemicals being taken through security that would allow construction of an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) on the other side of the detectors. The story finishes with responses by DHS (Department of Homeland Security).
According to ABC - "Homeland Security has admitted it is especially worried about explosive devices slipping through...[it] recently cut back on the list of banned items so that screeners could concentrate on looking for bomb-making material".
Once again the fear of dreaded nail clipper has proved to be a waste of time and resources.
What was the response from DHS, considering that they are worried about explosive devices slipping through?
According to ABC - "Homeland Security labelled these these tests as far fetched saying - ' While random items commonly found under a kitchen sink could conceivably be concocted into an IED, there are so many things that could go wrong with this hypothetical scenario that we find it highly implausible.' "
Great, the response is not to worry about it because you're just being worried by spin and fear. It's fortunate for the world that we only get truth from the DHS. Truth such as the following:
According to ABC - "And they added - 'Our layers of Security are very strong and the American public should be confident in the system' "
Phew, I was almost beginning to think that an international organisation of dedicated fighters with millions of dollars at their disposal, time on their side, fanatical devotion to their cause and more reasons every year to attack might actually be able to crack the DHS Security. Now I can sit back in peaceful oblivion here in Australia knowing that our own Homeland Security has yet another great lead to follow.
What can we do?
- Tell other people how ludicrous the security measures are.
- When you're at an airport, question the security people when you get a chance. Make them spend time articulating their policies and ask how it actually protects.