Monday, May 3, 2010

Terrorists don’t have to be successful to impact American life

Islamic terrorists are a pretty stupid bunch. Angry and dedicated, but dumb as a box of rocks.
From blaming the West for all their problems, instead of their own leaders, to agreeing to kill innocents for the sake of their religion, they don’t have a lot going on upstairs
The would-be car-bomber who left an SUV parked in New York City’s Times Square on Saturday packed the vehicle with more than 100 pounds of fertilizer. But the dope used the wrong kind. Instead of ammonium nitrate, the kind of fertilizer used by Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, he used a harmless fertilizer, according to ABC News.
Still the SUV also was loaded with propane and gas cans, so it could have caused a giant fireball if it had gone off, Fox News says. But the amateur terrorist couldn’t get that right either.
Since 9/11, there have been a bunch of failed terrorist attacks.
But they’ve still impacted the lives of everyday Americans.
The Times Square incident is likely to lead to more and better security cameras in Manhattan. I’m a proponent of public surveillance cameras. They make solving crimes much easier.
New York will spend $110 million to add video cameras in Midtown Manhattan to expand a security network centered on Wall Street downtown, Bloomberg reported.
A suspect in the Times Square attempted bombing was caught on video leaving the scene.
A Pakistani Taliban group has taken credit for the attempted attack, but government officials have not been able to confirm a link.
Islamic terrorists have made flying a pain thanks to their failed attacks. Going through airport security now is like running the gauntlet because of all the silly rules.
You have to take off your shoes, sometimes your belt, remove all metal objects from your person, take your laptop computer out of its case, keep your boarding pass and identification in your hand, and submit to pat down searches.
Oh, and don’t forget to put all your liquids in a small clear plastic bag when using a carry-on bag. They created the not-so-memorable 3-1-1 rule: 3 ounce or smaller containers of liquid or gel, 1 quart-size, clear plastic, zip-top bag holding the small containers, and 1 bag per traveler placed in the security bin.
Thank you, terrorists.

Photo: Video frame of the Times Square attempted car bomber. See Reuters for more photos and video.

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