Amazon, eBay, Homeland Insecurity & the Hot Pants Bomber


The Pink Flamingo has a new piece up at Blogcritics.

“…I am a Republican. I have a tendency to wax snarky about Democrats, Libertarians (sorry Dave), liberals, and really pathetic “conservatives.” Even as a George W. Bush loyalist, and (nearly) card-carrying neocon it doesn’t take a heck of a lot of gray matter for me to figure out that al Qaeda is testing the Obama administration and its response to terror the same way they did Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. After “x-number” of years and three administrations it just makes common sense. And it looks like we’re not seeing a lot of common sense when it comes to dealing with those pesky “no fly” lists and airline security….If companies like Amazon or eBay can embed tracking cookies and figure out what I like to purchase (I am a very good customer, trust me) then why can’t Homeland Insecurity farm out the tracking of these blasted No-Fly Lists to a company with some brains and innovation like Amazon, eBay, or Google and let them deal with it. Further, anyone who has ever used Excel knows how easy it is to create a list that can have almost infinite possibilities.

Let some pointy-headed bunch of bureaucrats in Homeland Insecurity input names, photos, finger prints, personal data, travel visas, education, and so forth into a database and let We the People have access to it.

Oh, wait — it is all about classified information, isn’t it? This is about allowing We the People to be We the People — you know, the We the People who allegedly conquered outer space, won the West, fought a bunch of wars, kicked the tushies of little snot sociopaths like Hitler, exploited the Internet after Al Gore invented it.

You want to make airline travel safer and maybe even catch a few of these freaks? It’s all so simple that the Feds will never do it. Makes too much sense. Publicize the blasted No-Fly terror list. It would even be the best way to get Granny off the list and get the vile little sociopath across the street on it. It is about recognizing that we have a problem. It is about conservatives admitting that terror is a criminal thing and liberals admitting terror is a national security thing. It is about admitting we are at war with a group of jerks who have corrupted a religion and that not all practitioners of that religion are evil jerks.

For years Robert Stack hosted a television series called Unsolved Mysteries. John Walsh took the heartbreak and anger over losing a beloved child and turned it into America’s Most Wanted. Why can’t we do the same thing with the No-Fly List? Why can’t we do the same thing with terrorists?”…”