Monday, September 25, 2006

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Don't be fooled again!

September 25, 2006

What's the plan?

By Richard Kuper

The Op Ed Page

We are quickly approaching the 2006 elections. Now that the summer is over and the electorate is starting to pay attention, we have gas prices suddenly dropping (but still way to high), and now we have some slight easing of the clear liquids rules for what can be in your carry-on luggage when flying. That seems odd since no change has been made to the technology at the airports to determine what those liquids you are carrying might actually be, and the threat has not gone away. A seemingly arbitrary decision of "travel size" (e.g., 3 ounces) is the new maximum standard as I write this. So perhaps, if one is actually carrying all the necessary liquids to create an explosive device, it won't make a big enough explosion to blow up the whole aircraft, but it seems to me it probably could still be sufficient to blow out a window which would still bring down an aircraft.

So between these relaxed but inexplicable rules on liquids, and the sudden drop in gas prices, what is really going on? Is this the 2006 version of bogus terror alerts that unfortunately conned many citizens to mistakenly think the republican party's fear tactics meant only they could protect us? This year's version seems to be an attempt to give a 'false sense of security and feeling good so things must be getting better so why change' aura.

I, for one, hope that the citizens of the USA have learned their lesson and won't be fooled again.

Ah, but then there is the leaked security assessment clearly stating that the top security agencies and officials in our government know that invading Iraq has made us, and the rest of the world, less safe and helped the terrorists in their recruitment efforts. Hopefully this will wake up anyone who still mistakenly thinks that invading Iraq, which had nothing to do with the events of 9/11/01, somehow made us or the world safer. In reality, it made the world a less safe and a more dangerous place.

It's time for a change. Dont't be fooled again!