Anyone who has visited a fast food joint, a doctor’s office or a hospital has watched as workers change gloves between servings or exams. And if they don’t, the customer/patient would surely say something.
How often do the TSA agents doing the “enhanced pat-downs” change gloves? And would most cowed flyers who just want to make it through security and advance to their gate ask them to do so? Or would passengers fear that such a request would invite more enhanced scrutiny?
Until lately I viewed the gloves as protection for the TSA workers, but with the raft of stories about changes to TSA security methods — one on the front page of The New York Times featuring a photo of woman being patted down whose expression screams “I’d rather be anywhere but here” — I started wondering about the possibility of screeners passing everything from bedbugs to skin infections from one passenger to another. The woman in the Times photo is being touched over her blouse, but there are other complaints. Local TV news has found a sure-fire crowd pleaser that may push “If it bleeds it leads” off the top of the show.
Once again, George Bush is thumbing his nose at the international system he
repudiated as president. We learn in today’s New York Times and Washington Post that in his new book, Decision Points, he personally approved the waterboarding of Sept.
11 plotter Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
“Had I not authorized waterboarding on senior al Qaeda leaders, I would have
had to accept a greater risk that the country would be attacked,” he writes.
Be afraid. Be very afraid. That’s the message from the U.S. State Department, which
issued its travel alert over the weekend for Americans traveling to Europe. But
without any specific instructions on what to do about the “potential for terrorist
“U.S. citizens should take every precaution to be aware of their surroundings and
to adopt appropriate safety measures to protect themselves when traveling,” the
So the administration has managed to instill a vague sense of panic into U.S. citizens,
who are left to decide themselves whether to go ahead with their travel plans. Most
have greeted the alert with a shrug and have carried on with business as usual.
I’m still planning to fly to London and take the Eurostar to Paris. What’s the alternative
unless the U.S. administration grounds all flights, as we saw with a Heathrow terror
alert in August 2006?
As a patriotic American, I hope the Washington Post über-journalist misquoted
President Obama in his upcoming book discussing the president's thinking behind
the war on terrorism. Reading advance excerpts earlier today, I came across the
following quotation attributed to the president:
"We can absorb a terrorist attack. We'll do everything
we can to prevent it, but even a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever ... we
absorbed it and we are stronger."
September 11, 2010, 06:22 pm
By Rob Port and Jonathan Schwarz
The Hill invites two established bloggers from either side of the
political spectrum to sound off in original
News reports today detail
how House Republicans are secretly planning their takeover of the Capitol after
November’s elections — right down to who gets the best views of the National Mall
out the West Front of the building. They’re reading the polls, choosing color
palettes and selecting office space, but as they plan to assume leadership
positions they’re failing to demonstrate leadership on everything from the
economy to jobs to foreign policy to Pastor Jones’s plan to fuel the fires of
hatred with the pages of the Quran.
We dance round in a ring and suppose,
But the Secret sits in the middle and knows.
— The Secret Sits, Robert Frost
The recent WikiLeaks (tsunami would be a
better word) of about 77,000 diplomatic cables and intelligence reports raised
a recurring issue of American law and policy.
A disturbed young man in our military in Europe turned over classified
government documents to WikiLeaks (ironically, an organization dedicated to
transparency that does not disclose its address or officers’ names). It, in
turn, passed them on to The New York Times
, as well as reputable British and German press organizations.
My first position on the controversy over the planned mosque and Muslim community center planned to be constructed within two blocks of Ground Zero was to applaud Mayor Bloomberg’s courage in not blaming all Muslims for the murderous actions of extremist, inhuman, suicidal thugs who happen to be of the Muslim faith.