Saturday, August 12, 2006

Destroy the Dominant Media Narrative!

by Tom Bozzo

Wheeeeeee! says D, as the Newsweek poll finds that terrorism in the news ups the WPE's approval ratings on terrorism and homeland security issues. To the Marginal Utility extended blogfamily, if someone wants to suggest to you that the Bush administration really wants to keep airplanes from being blown up, just remember this:
Associated Press: Bush staff wanted bomb-detect cash moved: While the British terror suspects were hatching their plot, the Bush administration was quietly seeking permission to divert $6 million that was supposed to be spent this year developing new homeland explosives detection technology...

Homeland Security's research arm, called the Sciences & Technology Directorate, is a "rudderless ship without a clear way to get back on course," Republican and Democratic senators on the Appropriations Committee declared recently...

Lawmakers and recently retired Homeland Security officials say they are concerned the department's research and development effort is bogged down by bureaucracy, lack of strategic planning and failure to use money wisely.

The department failed to spend $200 million in research and development money from past years, forcing lawmakers to rescind the money this summer.

The administration also was slow to start testing a new liquid explosives detector that the Japanese government provided to the United States earlier this year...

Japan has been using the liquid explosive detectors in its Narita International Airport in Tokyo and demonstrated the technology to U.S. officials at a conference in January, the Japanese Embassy in Washington said.

This happened to be too much even for the Chamber of People's Deputies, but that isn't saying much — recall from yesterday that there's a de-fund the TSA caucus in the Republican majority.

This is not to say that the TSA should have a blank check to probe every cavity they wish to probe. But if Democratic strategists can't assemble a strategy based on their advantages in competent execution government in general, and thereby of antiterrorism policies in particular, then they're even bigger losers than I think.
The thing to keep in mind about TSA is that they really know how to Pile Stuff Up. Huge piles. How huge? Take today's quiz:

How far would all the liquids and gels confiscated by TSA during the recent security crackdown at the nation's airports reach if the individual containers had been laid end-to-end?

A. From Earth to the moon and halfway back again
B. From New York City to Omaha
C. From New York City to Washington, D.C.

Find the answer at Where did all the stuff go?
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