Thursday, August 10, 2006

Michael Chertoff’s kingdom of the air

First, I thought we were phasing out this color-coded bullshit. . . .

But, second:

Secretary Michael Chertoff announced that DHS is raising the threat status to Red on flights from Great Britain to the United States. Other flights only get to be the Orange that I believe they’ve been all along.

So, what does that mean? Well, it means ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

You see, flights FROM Great Britain originate in—you guessed it—Great Britain! And who’s in charge of the security at airports in Great Britain? Is it Michael Chertoff? The United States TSA? The Port Authority Police?

No, no, and no. British authorities are in charge of security for flights that leave Great Britain.

So, Michael Chertoff’s Red Alert is, at best, metaphysical. At worst, well, it is exactly what it is: propaganda.


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