Thursday, August 10, 2006

Airport security alerts

As someone who has passed through airports four times in the past few weeks, I'm only too well aware of the disruption that the new restrictions on hand luggage will cause. For me it is a great relief that I do not have a flight to catch in the next few days or weeks. Clearly anyone having to catch a flight today is in for a pretty chaotic day.

Many will think it is an overreaction, but we have to remember that the threats we face are very well and it is right that we are vigilant on all these matters. It was clear that terrorists were planning a major incident and that their plans for mass murder have been disrupted. Given the world we live in today, it is a threat that is very real and is something that we have to accept.

The Government is right to take whatever action is necessary to ensure the security of its citizens and I find it hard to fathom that some believe it is an overreaction given the events that have happened overnight.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Pull the other one said...

Hi there - the real question in my mind is not whether the government is over-reacting but rather whether the information on which they are basing these disturbing claims is sound and reliable.

The "tanks at Heathrow" episode, the infamous "Ricin plot", the Forest Gate fiasco and the revelations that some of the false "intelligence" used to build the case for war in Iraq was extracted under torture, have led many of us to question the reliability of these kind of reports, and the motivations of those making them...

It also seems sensible to strike a balance between the risk to our health (exaggerated or not) that we face from terrorism and the risk to our health that we face through the stress of worrying about terrorism! I'd be willing to bet that the stress of living in a paranoid and fear-stricken country kills far more Brits every year than terrorists do...

If this does turn out to be yet another false alarm, I hope the government will start to ask some questions about how it gathers its intelligence - and the public health risks associated with this kind of fearmongering.

4:35 pm  
Blogger Friendly Fire said...

Just shut-up, you haven't a clue what you are talking about,

9:46 pm  
Blogger Loz said...

Well done FF, that was productive...

10:31 pm  

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