Have bomb, will travel.

OK, so the Department of Homeland Security sucks big dick when it comes to cybersecurity, but at least they’re keeping airplanes safe, right? Right??

Eh… not so much:

WASHINGTON – Imagine an explosion strong enough to blow a car’s trunk apart, caused by a bomb inside a passenger plane. Government sources tell NBC News that federal investigators recently were able to carry materials needed to make a similar homemade bomb through security screening at 21 airports.

In all 21 airports tested, no machine, no swab, no screener anywhere stopped the bomb materials from getting through. Even when investigators deliberately triggered extra screening of bags, no one discovered the materials.

Investigators found recipes for homemade bombs from easily available public sources and bought the necessary chemicals and other materials over the counter. For security reasons, NBC News will not reveal any of the ingredients or the airports tested. The report itself is classified. But Lee Hamilton, the vice chairman of the 9/11 commission, says the fact that so many airports failed this test is a hugely important story that the American traveler is entitled to know.

NBC News asked a bomb technician to gather the same materials and assemble an explosive device to determine its power. The materials for the bomb that exploded a car’s trunk fit in the palm of one hand. NBC News showed the results to Leo West, a former FBI bomb expert.

“Potentially, an explosion of that type could lead to the destruction of the aircraft,” said West.

Gee, ya think?

I’m so glad we’ve got this huge bureaucracy out there that’s tasked with keeping us all safe from terrorists and responding to national emergencies that appears to be completely incompetent at doing either task. Here I was worried that Bush couldn’t come up with any new ways to waste taxpayer money while failing to provide anything useful and he manages to deliver fully with the DHS. Hurricane response? We’re ready to fuck it up for you! Stopping bombs from getting on the planes? A little explosives never hurt anybody! Don’t think of it as incompetence, but rather as a unique means of job creation. The more people that die the more jobs that are freed up for the rest of us! Not to mention the jobs created from having to pick up the pieces. As an extra special bonus Bush and his Republican buddies have graciously given us an all-time new record for the National Deficit!

The Bush Administration: We Don’t Just Waste Your Money, But Your Grandkid’s Money Too!

3 thoughts on “Have bomb, will travel.

  1. Ammonium Tri-Iodide

    Powerful stuff, I imagine you could get the components into an airplane pretty easily.  Might need to figure out something to speed up the drying time though depending on the length of the flight. 

    This’d be powerful enough the blow the entire plane to bits depending on how much of it you make.

  2. I don’t think the public is willing to do what’s necessary to almost completely prevent people from bringing explosives onto airplanes.  Given the whining that occurs when people have to take baggy hooded sweaters off (note that Pan Am Flight 103 was brought down with as little as 250grams of semtex), imagine the uproar if you couldn’t have any carry-on luggage.

  3. We could end air and rail subsidies, ratchet up the security to the real level of need for each, and watch what happens.  Of course, AmTrak would have to look up the phrase ‘on-time’ somewhere.  There’s no current evidence they know what it means.

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