Saturday, December 11, 2004

Today's Brig. Gen. Jack D. Ripper Prize: "Federal officials are concerned that terrorists could try to down aircraft by blinding pilots with laser beams during landing approaches." -- Curt Anderson, AP.

Is there no end to the terror? Apparently, the evil geniuses who have decided to destroy our democratic civilization and replace it with an Islamic caliphate have allied themselves with criminal laser-ologists to bring down civilian planes. Will the terrorists stop at nothing in their quest to vanquish freedom?

Hello, press corps? Do you believe absolutely every paranoid fucking thing fed to you by Homeland Security? Do you really think that some al-Qaeda operative is perched in the hills of Salt Lake City directing a supernaturally accurate laser beam into the cockpit of a local Delta flight? Or is it perhaps somewhat more likely that a simpler explanation is the best?

Occam's Razor, people.


At 12:57 AM, Blogger RNDMSFREE said...

Check this out:

You are right, however, that much of this is a "Look how much we're doing to save you!!!" political mentality (don't notice that we're not really doing anything productive), not too unlike a lot of the current legislation resrticing firearms, especially in California (although I believe the paths taken to reach the same ridiculous conclusion are very different).

On the other hand, if this has been a problem in the past (intended or not), and if it could possibly be done maliciously, do you not think it warrants some sort of address?


At 4:22 PM, Blogger David Faris said...

Well, I suppose anything's possible. I checked out the link you mentioned, and it seems like this has been a problem for quite some time. My point is not that it would be beyond the realm of possibility for a terrorist to blind a pilot with a laser, rather that it is a spectacularly inexact and difficult way to accomplish the task. I would think it would be kind of a low priority at this point.

At 12:23 PM, Blogger RNDMSFREE said...

here's a little follow up action:


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