Tag: safety breaches

A Roll Of The Dice

Two stories of late highlight the simple fact that despite spending billions and billions, the TSA/DHS/the military put on a pretty good show wrt to security and protecting us, but it is mostly for appearances.

Leading off, we have a Russian nuclear submarine, armed with the latest and greatest, doing a bit of site seeing off the gulf coast (I wonder if that sub captain has a girl in every port):

A Russian nuclear-powered attack submarine armed with long-range cruise missiles operated undetected in the Gulf of Mexico for several weeks and its travel in strategic U.S. waters was only confirmed after it left the region, the Washington Free Beacon has learned.


The stealth underwater incursion in the Gulf took place at the same time Russian strategic bombers made incursions into restricted U.S. airspace near Alaska and California in June and July, and highlights a growing military assertiveness by Moscow.

Where is Curtis Lemay when you need him?

Cuts in the military, the smallest amount of working Navy vessels since WW1? no problem, because you know, Russia is our friend.

The other has to do with a stranded jet skier who defied a hundred million dollar security system, “Can anyone spare a gallon of gas”?

A jet-skier who became stranded in Jamaica Bay easily breached JFK’s security system by walking undetected through two runways and into a terminal.

Daniel Castillo of Queens swam to shore and then walked past motion sensors and closed-circuit cameras of the airport’s state-of–the art Perimeter Intrusion Detection System.

The $100 million system is meant to safeguard against terrorists.

Castillo climbed an eight-foot-tall perimeter fence and made his way to Terminal 3, according to The New York Post. He approached a Delta Airlines worker, who alerted authorities, the paper said.

The breach raised a host of troubling questions about safety.

Ya think? If you have seen pictures of this guy, broad daylight, sashying in a bright yellow vest, bright enough that Curiousity on the far side of the red planet could see him, later spotted arguing with a Delta worker who wanted to charge him baggage fees for his empty gas can.

Raytheon is trying to determine what went wrong, what didn’t work, but it appears that nothing worked.

Yeah, boy, safety is their top priority.

Face it, there by the grace of God is anyone really safe. It appears that blind luck is the a better bet then Raytheon, or any ham fisted groper wearing a TSA uniform. Inconvenience folks, put them through the drills, shoes off shoes on, take off that belt, empty your pockets, as long as I feel safe, what could possibly happen?