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The Obama administration is implementing tighter security measures at foreign airports that have direct flights to the U.S. out of concern that al-Qaida is trying to develop a new and improved bomb that could go undetected through airport security.

Q: What's behind the move to enhance security for overseas flights bound for the U.S.?

A: The unspecified new security measures, planned a month ago, are a response to intelligence suggesting that bomb makers from al-Qaida's Yemen affiliate, known as al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, have linked up with the al-Qaida-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra, or the Nusra Front, in Syria to work together on bombs that can be slipped past airport security.

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Q: What is the U.S. doing to counter the threat?

A: The CIA and the military work closely with the Yemeni government on counterterrorism operations and run parallel drone strike campaigns in Yemen. The most recent drone strike in Yemen was reported to have occurred on June 14, killing four militants. Yemeni forces have conducted a series of ground operations in recent months, capturing and killing AQAP militants. But AQAP remains a potent force, and its operatives recently released a video in which they talked about targeting American airplanes, said a Yemeni official who would not speak publicly because he was not authorized to be quoted.

The U.S. is not known to have undertaken lethal operations against al-Qaida figures in Syria. The Obama administration has condemned both the Bashar Assad government and the extremist militants fighting it. The CIA has been running a covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels, but the Nusra Front has been the most successful fighting force in the rebel movement.

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I am used to the fact that when travelling on an airline we all need to pretend that our IQ's have temporarily plummeted by 30-40 IQ points for the couple of hours it takes us to pass through the airport.

What is rather sad, however, it to find that journalists seem capable of extending to cover their working hours, this feigned credulity in the face of the most absurdly illogical arguments postulated by airport 'security' personnel.

The only way to have effective security heuristics at airports would be to randomise searches. Telling everyone that they can only have 100ml of explosive material in each little bottle that they put into their magic little sandwich bag, only means that whoever's running the supposed terrorist cell that's tasked with blowing up the plane, has to calculate that if he needs a kilo of explosive and can only fit 5 little 100ml bottles into each sandwich bag, that he needs to send two operatives on the plane.

Airport security is simply opportunism that capitalises on this being the only place where megalomaniac control freak politicians and corporation owners can get away with treating everyone like idiots.

It reminds me of the Dark Ages. The Archbishop of Canterbury pointed out that if the Papists could convince the people that when the priest genuflected and said some words, the simple elements of bread and wine physically transubstantiated themselves in Christ's actual flesh and blood, there would be absolutely no limit with respect to what the Papist church could induce its adherents to believe and therefore do; including convincing wealthy kings and princes to pay the church for their mediation services to reduce the time spent in purgatory of all their suffering ancestors.

Similarly, if we can be convinced by the absurd, inconsistent and illogical premises of airport security to believe all the ridiculous nonsense they assert, and as a consequence of this are willing to allow our wives to be visually raped by the perverts operating naked body scanners; to have the initial focus-beam of concentrated cell-damaging radiation pumped through our children's genitals, and to have our wives groped, what will we not accept when the government is ready to implement their next phase of abuses within our borders?
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Airline security has nothing to do with security

I am used to the fact that when travelling on an airline we all need to pretend that our IQ's have temporarily plummeted by 30-40 IQ points for the couple of hours it takes us to pass through the airport.

What is rather sad, however, it to find that journalists seem capable of extending to cover their working hours, this feigned credulity in the face of the most absurdly illogical arguments postulated by airport 'security' personnel.

The only way to have effective security heuristics at airports would be to randomise searches. Telling everyone that they can only have 100ml of explosive material in each little bottle that they put into their magic little sandwich bag, only means that whoever's running the supposed terrorist cell that's tasked with blowing up the plane, has to calculate that if he needs a kilo of explosive and can only fit 5 little 100ml bottles into each sandwich bag, that he needs to send two operatives on the plane.

Airport security is simply opportunism that capitalises on this being the only place where megalomaniac control freak politicians and corporation owners can get away with treating everyone like idiots.

It reminds me of the Dark Ages. The Archbishop of Canterbury pointed out that if the Papists could convince the people that when the priest genuflected and said some words, the simple elements of bread and wine physically transubstantiated themselves in Christ's actual flesh and blood, there would be absolutely no limit with respect to what the Papist church could induce its adherents to believe and therefore do; including convincing wealthy kings and princes to pay the church for their mediation services to reduce the time spent in purgatory of all their suffering ancestors.

Similarly, if we can be convinced by the absurd, inconsistent and illogical premises of airport security to believe all the ridiculous nonsense they assert, and as a consequence of this are willing to allow our wives to be visually raped by the perverts operating naked body scanners; to have the initial focus-beam of concentrated cell-damaging radiation pumped through our children's genitals, and to have our wives groped, what will we not accept when the government is ready to implement their next phase of abuses within our borders?

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