HOWTO fix security after the Boston bombing

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25 Responses to “HOWTO fix security after the Boston bombing”

  1. Boundegar says:

    Transparency and accountability?  That’s adorable.

    • lasermike026 says:

      Transparency and accountability is the cure.  Get on board.

      • Boundegar says:

        I agree.  I also think the powers will never allow it.

      • SedanChair says:

        Oh, we’re on board all right.

        Unfortunately this appears to be a cattle car

        • lasermike026 says:

          Let me let you in on a little secret, the powers that be are extremely fearful that enough people will figure out that change is possible and even probable.  I’m not talking about little tiny change.  I’m talking about change that frees slaves, abolishes monarchy, and forms constitutional government.

          I don’t even know why I’m posting this.  You are a nonentity incapable of determining your future.

  2. Brainspore says:

    Let’s not forget proportionality. Most Americans are still a heck of a lot more likely to get murdered by someone with a gun than by someone with a bomb.

  3. oasisob1 says:

    How to fix security: stop living in fear.

    • incipientmadness says:

       Terrorism is a strike against the heart and mind. Fortify these targets and it will always fail.

      Of course, if we are made weak many can become mighty lords over us. Everyone who seeks to make us weak is an ally of the terrorists. They don’t want to fix security, they want to use security as an instrument of power.

  4. wygit says:

    I’d love to see a public vote on spending millions of dollars to equip our local cops with military equipment they can use for marijuana busts.

    What on earth do the police ever use M16′s for anyway? Tanks?

    • technogeekagain says:

       You’re welcome?

    • BillStewart2012 says:

      I used to live near a town in New Jersey that owned a tank.  Their police chief in the 70s convinced the town council to buy it.  At the time, there was a lot of Puerto Rican independence-related protesting and occasionally rioting going on in the country, and the township and surrounding areas had a naval base (which would neither confirm nor deny having nuclear weapons) and some areas with lots of Puerto Ricans, and the chief was concerned that the Puerto Ricans might riot and take over the naval base to get the nukes, and the Navy might not be able to defend themselves, so they needed a town tank to save the world!  Yeah, really.  And the town bought it.  It didn’t get used much, except maybe for parades or something.

      Now, if it had been some kind of amphibious assault vehicle that they were buying to haul cars out of the swamp or something, it could have actually made sense. 

  5. Boston needs to buy a bunch of Bomb detectors. That will fix the problem.

    • BillStewart2012 says:

      Boston police are already good at bomb detection, when it’s Mooninites giving them the finger or MIT students with micro-controller blinky-light t-shirts at the airport.  Just not real bombs.

  6. Roy Trumbull says:

    Back in the 1970s bomb threats were daily. After spending big bucks with the experts it boiled down to having the workers inspect their own area for anything out of place. On the streets that means the street vendors and the shop keepers. At an event it means anything left behind. One thing not seen here yet is a small blast attracting a lot of people to the big one that follows. Security is fine but some public training wouldn’t hurt.

  7. technogeekagain says:

    Perfect security is perfectly impossible. We shouldn’t even be trying for it.

    The only way you get any real security against terrorist attacks is:

    (a) to try to avoid being such an obviously justifiable target . Shut down Gitmo and otherwise avoid GRATUITOUSLY HELPING them classify you as The Great Satan. There are things we do which are worth doing despite the backlash, certainly, but there are a great many which really aren’t.

    (b) to stop feeding the trolls. Call them what they are — criminals, mass-murderers, and such — rather than letting them claim the better-sounding titles. Give their cause no publicity. Most importantly, DO NOT COLLABORATE, which is what happens when we react in ways that do more and longer-lasting harm to ourselves than their provocations could ever achieve.

    A flea may bite a lion. But the flea remains a flea, and the lion remains a lion. The flea’s attack is extremely uncomfortable at the point they bit, but that means you scratch that flea — and if possible use a highly targeted insecticide and/or repellant to get rid of other fleas, without damaging other things or poisoning yourself — lick the spot liberally to speed healing, and go back to exactly what you were doing before you picked up that flea. You _don’t_ cower, run in circles, strike out at random, or otherwise let the flea change your behavior for more than a moment.

  8. Marios P. says:

    This “more security” crap is dead end just like the war on drugs. there is always going to be a lunatic willing to find flaws and exploit them to terror the world. the point should have been how to prevent such lunatics from emerging through education, justice and freaking equality. Not just for the US but for the fracking world.

  9. peregrinus says:

    I don’t hear of many bombs in New Zealand.  Maybe we should ask them.

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