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« The USPS - Timely As Ever | Main | Cell-Phone Replay »

Parachute Packers

I flew out of Denver last Thursday evening. It's now clear that United 93 isn't too early but perhaps, like almost every other effort by this legally and psychologically hamstrung country in defending itself, tragically too late.

Airport Homeland Security had 10 people on duty at 12:00 midnight, possibly 4 of whom were working. It's taken less than 5 years for HS to devolve into a petty, turf-grabbing, bureaucratic nightmare staffed by unmotivated time-stamping paycheck-cashers, performing mind-numbing yet time-consuming perfunctory tasks designed to keep up the eternal appareance of vigilance, which as we know, is the price of coffee at 12:30 in the morning.

It's almost enough to make me want to go to work for ICE so I can start asking these guys for their work papers and entry visas.

I know I've seen this idea before, but maybe they should be made passengers on randomly-selected flights, just to test out their handiwork.

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