Flimsy Sanity: Unsafe at Any Altitude

Flimsy Sanity

In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Monday, January 08, 2007

Unsafe at Any Altitude

Unsafe at any Altitude: Failed Terrorism Investigations, Scapegoating 9/11, and the Shocking Truth about Aviation Security Today by Susan B. Trento, Joseph J. Trento

Book TV had a talk by the authors of the book Unsafe at Any Altitude. An interesting section was on the "No-Fly List" of (I think they said) 40,000 names. It originally started out with 16 but has grown, including lots of absurd choices. The authors said many of the known terrorists are not on the list so that they can continue to be watched, not stopped at the airport.

They also talked about how lax security is for workers and baggage handlers, so while Grandma gives up her nail file, terrorists could be stashing weapons in the bathrooms.


  • At 6:59 PM, Anonymous RJ Adams said…

    The proof that we are dealing with utter fools in such departments as Homeland Security, came when Yusuf Islam - formerly Cat Stevens - was refused entry to the US because he was on a HS no-fly list.

    This, the same year he received the Gorbachev Foundation "Man For Peace" award!


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