Monday, July 07, 2008

The Scariest Thing You'll Read Today

Washington Times - Politics, Breaking News, US and World News - "Want some torture with your peanuts?" by Aviation Security: "A senior government official with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has expressed great interest in a so-called safety bracelet that would serve as a stun device, similar to that of a police Taser�. According to this promotional video found at the Lamperd Less Lethal website, the bracelet would be worn by all airline passengers.

This bracelet would:

• take the place of an airline boarding pass

• contain personal information about the traveler

• be able to monitor the whereabouts of each passenger and his/her luggage

• shock the wearer on command, completely immobilizing him/her for several minutes

The Electronic ID Bracelet, as it’s referred to as, would be worn by every traveler “until they disembark the flight at their destination.” Yes, you read that correctly. Every airline passenger would be tracked by a government-funded GPS, containing personal, private and confidential information, and that it would shock the customer worse than an electronic dog collar if he/she got out of line?"


Randy Johnson said...

Well, certainly nothing could go wrong here.

Todd Mason said...

Assuming this lunatic policy is put in place, I'm sure this will help the airline industry enormously.

Todd Mason said...

Of course, even so, this is THE WASHINGTON TIMES, not your best source for, well, anything...except perhaps for test balloons from the admin.

Bill Crider said...

"Lunatic policy" is good. I'm reminded of "the nonsensical ravings of a lunatic mind." Or something like that.

Benjie said...

As disturbing as the news of this type of device is, I find it equally sad that this kind of writing makes it way into our media (WASHINGTON POST or no, emphasis mine):

"The Electronic ID Bracelet, as it’s referred to as,. . ."

norby said...

Of course, none of the stable, sane employees hired by airport security will take advantage of such a device.

Anonymous said...

Are you saying you don't trust W and his minions to do the right thing, Bill? For shame./


Brent McKee said...

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." And I'm wondering if it's already too late.