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Next Step For US Body Scanners Could Be Trains, Metro Systems 890

Hugh Pickens writes "The Hill reports that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says terrorists will continue to look for US vulnerabilities, making tighter security standards necessary. '[Terrorists] are going to continue to probe the system and try to find a way through,' Napolitano said in an interview with Charlie Rose. 'I think the tighter we get on aviation, we have to also be thinking now about going on to mass transit or to trains or maritime.' Napolitano added she hoped the US could get to a place in the future where Americans would not have to be as guarded against terrorist attacks as they are and that she was actively promoting research into the psychology of how a terrorist becomes radicalized. 'The long-term [question] is, how do we get out of this having to have an ever-increasing security apparatus because of terrorists and a terrorist attack?' says Napolitano. 'I think having a better understanding of what causes someone to become a terrorist will be helpful.'"
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Next Step For US Body Scanners Could Be Trains, Metro Systems

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  • by Sonny Yatsen ( 603655 ) * on Wednesday November 24, 2010 @10:48AM (#34331060) Journal

    The obvious next logical step would be body scanners to get into your car, and should you refuse, your car will grope you inappropriately.

    Although I'm sure the car fetishists are salivating at that prospect already.

  • by alen ( 225700 ) on Wednesday November 24, 2010 @10:50AM (#34331104)

    seen most of the movies and tv shows and reading some of the books now. everyone is always getting scanned

    geeks should rejoice

  • Catch 22 (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 24, 2010 @10:56AM (#34331208)

    "Catch-22 states that agents enforcing Catch-22 need not prove that Catch-22 actually contains whatever provision the accused violator is accused of violating."

    You are in trouble now!!!

  • by dcollins ( 135727 ) on Wednesday November 24, 2010 @11:24AM (#34331760) Homepage

    That sound you hear is American exceptionalism being flushed down the crapper.

  • by AnonymousClown ( 1788472 ) on Wednesday November 24, 2010 @11:25AM (#34331772)

    And fuck you for using made up statistics on a useless straw man argument.

    Ahem.... [cbsnews.com]

    Oh wait, it says 81%! BadAnologyGuy got it wrong! He said it was 82% and it's really 81%!

    I bet he feels really stewped now!

  • by Quiet_Desperation ( 858215 ) on Wednesday November 24, 2010 @11:29AM (#34331850)

    KITT: I'm sorry, Michael, but I'm under new orders from the government to pat you down.
    MICHAEL: Could you warn me next time?
    KITT: Actually, no, I can't.
    MICHAEL: Wan the anal probe necessary? There's a hole in my sexy leather pants now.
    KITT: I'm sorry, Michael.
    MICHAEL: Hmph!
    KITT: (processes quietly)
    KITT: Yes, Michael?
    MICHAEL: Could you... could do it again?
    KITT: Oh, yes, Michael!
    MICHAEL: Take me, KITT!
    KITT: OH, yes, Michael!
    MICHAEL: Kiss me, you fool!
    (camera pans back on shaking car)
    (license plate flips over to display "If the car's a rockin', don't com knockin" mode)

  • by edjs ( 1043612 ) on Wednesday November 24, 2010 @01:27PM (#34333964)
    That train has already left the station.
  • by paeanblack ( 191171 ) on Wednesday November 24, 2010 @01:31PM (#34334014)

    But let me give you a hint. Trains? Didn't you watch old cartoons as a kid? When we want to derail them, we don't need to be on them, and if we are, we have wasted some kamikaze brothers who could have better employed elsewhere.

    The problem with trains being soft targets is that they take specific paths at predetermined times. Because it's too expensive to guard the millions of miles of railway track from terrorists, I propose, for security's sake, we randomize the train departure times and destinations and implement random delays and schedule changes en route.

    The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Boston and New England Amtrak have had these security measures for years and, as one can infer from the lack of terrorist incidents, they have clearly presented a most difficult target. Note that when the 9/11 attackers left Boston, they chose to fly rather than take the train.

Air is water with holes in it.