Because if they really do this, it’s going to soar.
WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States is stepping up security at “soft targets” like hotels and shopping malls, as well as trains and ports, as it counters the evolving Al-Qaeda threat, a top official said Sunday.
A year after a foiled plot to bomb a US-bound passenger plane, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told CNN’s “State of the Union” program that other places and modes of transportation must now be scrutinized.
“We look at so-called soft targets — the hotels, shopping malls, for example — all of which we have reached out to in the past year and have done a fair amount of training for their own employees,” Napolitano said.
Great. Fabulous idea. Let’s kill yet another industry with the economy already in such dire straits. But of course, it’s all objectively better.
“The overall message is everything is objectively better than it was a year ago, particularly in the aviation environment. But we’re also looking at addressing other areas,” Napolitano said.
That’s right boys and girls, the groping and the porno scans that haven’t caught a single terrorist have made aviation objectively better. Because it’s really the breast feeding mothers, amputees, and nuns that were the real threat anyway.
So will there be a list of things I can and cannot carry on my person at the mall? Will I be frisked before checking into a hotel? And what if I just went to the mall and purchased a sword at that little shop near the restrooms? Or a chainsaw at Sears? Or what if the whole reason I’m staying at some hotel is for my hunting trip? Is it suddenly far too dangerous for me to keep that high-powered rifle in my hotel room?
These measures have not and will not provide any level of true security. What they will do is hurt the economy and pocketbooks of your friends and neighbors. But I suppose it is a small price to pay. If they hate us for our freedoms, then maybe they will like us if we give our freedom away. There is no power in the world that could take down the United States of America except the United States of America. Killing ourselves from within will not bring the kind of security any of us wants.
Listen up, Nappy. I am a law abiding US citizen. It is none of your damn business what I choose to carry when I go to the mall. Or when I travel. I will not be sacrificing my liberty for some thin illusion of security. I am sick of your intrusion, and I am not the only one.