I felt this feeling he mentions upon arriving at the world's busiest airport, the ghastly Hartsfield Atlanta, to pick up my Grandmother earlier this year. It crept upon me whilst walking into the terminal from the parking structure and viewing the sign that essentially said "If you so much as say the word terrorist here, TSA will arrest your ass and throw you and your civil rights in Guantanamo Bay before you can say 'War on Terror'". This feeling quickly became disgust that we've been spun into this out-of-control climate of fear, the majority of which is unnecessary.
Sure, we could all stand to be more cautious - but the powers that be have created this atmosphere wherein a trip by plane turns from mere travel into OMG THAT MAN IS WEARING A TURBAN HE MUST HAVE WMDS UNDERNEATH IT WERE ALL GONNA DIIIIIIIIIEEEEEE!!!!!! (at the ticket counter, no less) and really it's just a guy wiping his forehead with a handkerchief because it's ridiculously fucking hot these days and he's just sweating.
As for the borders, it's the same scenario the Neocon Republicans have thrown us into - start cranking out border hysteria, it detracts the people away from the Iraq nightmare and Bush's (again-all-time-low) 33% approval rating, and doesn't address the inherent racist slant that few will talk about - the outright lie that the illegal immigrants are taking jobs from Americans. Yes, that's another fucking load of crap from the conservatives in yet another lame attempt to disguise racism. A new study confirms as much. What will the terror alert look like when our borders get crossed by the biggest impending threat to Americans, Katrina II?
Want more on this terror alert horseshit? Here you go. Another thing to take into account, and here's the asskicker:
Bush Cutting Bomb Detection Budget - feel safer yet?It's "No Child Left Behind" all over again, make a big stink and then cut funding to make it smell better, resulting in more noxious stink!While the British terror suspects were hatching their plot, the Bush administration was quietly seeking permission to divert $6 million that was supposed to be spent this year developing new homeland explosives detection technology.More here.
Congressional leaders rejected the idea, the latest in a series of steps by the Homeland Security Department that has left lawmakers and some of the department's own experts questioning the commitment to create better anti-terror technologies.
The department failed to spend $200 million in research and development money from past years, forcing lawmakers to rescind the money this summer.
The administration also was slow to start testing a new liquid explosives detector that the Japanese government provided to the United States earlier this year.
As far as I'm concerned, the only place we need to have terror alerts is in movie theaters, adding a special Pepto Bismol pink to the color code chart to denote that Paris Hilton is going to make a cameo in the movie. Because if that motherfucker doesn't scare the everliving shit out of you, nothing will.
Not that any of this matters, because knowing that "attacks are imminent" Bush has "no plans" to cut short his vacation. Hey, you gotta have priorities, and he sure as fuck needs MORE vacation time. What a fucking horror of a man.