Don’t tell us we’re incompetent

After revealing serious holes in the gov’t airport security program, the college student responsible is not receiving any thanks from the protectors of our skies — the TSA:

    Deputy TSA Administrator Stephen McHale said Monday’s court action “makes clear that renegade acts to probe airport security for whatever reason will not be tolerated, pure and simple.”

    “Amateur testing of our systems do not show us in any way our flaws,” McHale said. “We know where the vulnerabilities are and we are testing them … This does not help.’

Firstly, they “know where the vulnerabilities are”? Huh? Also, considering Nathaniel Heatwole (the “conspirator”) outdid the security protocals, perhaps it is the TSA that is amateur.

Great Minds…

Jesse Walker pens a much more thorough criticism of the U.S. war on Latin America. On the Bolivian uprising:

[I]t was a short jump from trampling the liberties of the coca growers to trampling other people’s freedoms as well, with Amnesty International condemning the use of “excessive force” against demonstrators over the last month. Like, say, shooting them. On October 12, troops fired on protesters in the city of El Alto, leaving at least five dead. In this way, the war on drugs has undermined not just peasant property rights but the rule of law.

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