just can't stop picking that scab

http://www.flight93crash.com/

More dissection of the misinformation surrounding the plane that went down in Pennsylvania. It's still not obvious to me what the hell happened there, but it *is* obvious that something's being covered up... Maybe they just don't want to admit having shot down the plane (though that may have been a totally reasonable thing to do) or maybe they don't want to admit that a bomb was smuggled onto the plane (because they want us to believe that taking away nail clippers solved the problem.)

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  1. kyronfive says:

    i'm curious, though... why should it be such a big deal that a bomb was smuggled onto the plane? why would that be worth covering up? the only plausable reason i can come up with is the idea that airport security was so unsafe prior to 9/11 that one could, in fact, smuggle a bomb onto a plane undetected, and thus the government didn't want to fess up to this fact.

    the thing is... i've been well aware for years that it was way too easy to get things onto planes before 9/11. i mean, there were times when i forgot to take a can of mace out of my bookbag before boarding a plane and despite my bag going through the security checkpoint nobody ever confiscated it.

    perhaps my favorite georgle carlin line of all time (prior to 9/11 even) is: "airport security exists to make white people feel safe.

    • jwz says:

      the only plausable reason i can come up with is the idea that airport security was so unsafe prior to 9/11 that one could, in fact, smuggle a bomb onto a plane undetected, and thus the government didn't want to fess up to this fact.

      Well, it's possible that that is exactly the reason -- spin. Suppose the bomb came in with food service instead of with a passenger. That would suggest a systemic security failure. But, if it was box cutters, well, we weren't taking box cutters away from passengers before, and now we are, so problem solved, you're perfectly safe, please don't stop flying and cripple the industry.

      Of course it's also possible that if we knew enough details about what actually happened, some of those details would cause us to ask other questions which would lead to even more uncomfortable facts (whether incompetence or complicity.)

      • dr_pipe says:

        I hate this stuff. The added security that doesn't do anything but make stupid people more confident, and make longer lines and more hassles for the rest of us. We may not be any safer than we were before 9/11, but we're not any less safe either. 4 planes went down, with a massive concerted effort by terrorists who planned and worked for a year or some such. How many thousands of planes flew on 9/10? I think I heard something like 800 flew in and out of the Portland airport alone. We could probably do away with airport security entirely and still be safer in the air than on the road. As with natural disasters, the best defense against terrorism is probability.

        I just added you to my friend's list, by the way. I'm a friend of confuseme's. Nice to meetcha.