Delta Airlines: A link between tolerance of in-flight porn and private sponsorship of extra-security feel-ups?

Two disturbing incidents involving Delta Airlines converge today on this blog.

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Arrival Gate of Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana

Story One: Delta sponsors additional, needless security checks just because they can.

My family and I traveled to Ghana last June to meet a boy we were working to adopt. The only reason I haven’t told this story until now is that we wanted our adoption, and his citizenship, to be complete before rocking the boat in Ghana, especially with their airport. Now that he is home and officially ours, I feel more free to speak out about this incident.

First, a description of the first layer of security at Accra. After our visit with our son-to-be, we went to the airport for our flight home. Keep in mind that Accra airport security is much better than anything you’ll see here in the United States because it was a launching point for the Underwear Bomber‘s failed attempt to bring down an airplane over Detroit. We had been in Ghana just prior to that attempt and so we have perspective on what security used to be compared to what it is now. It is markedly different and much more secure.

At several checkpoints as you enter the airport, get your boarding passes, check your luggage, etc., there are security guards who actually look you in the eye, and several ask to see your passport, then interrogate you on your travel intentions. You could tell they were profiling. They were actively looking for tell-tale body language that would out someone as not being completely honest about where they were going, what they were carrying, and their return plans.

Next you go through the usual metal detector routine. In my case, one of my bags (my work backpack) had a metal dining fork in one of the pockets from a week prior when I had forgotten to take it out at home after eating lunch at my desk that day. Now, I’m in Accra going to the U.S. so it is now obvious to all that U.S. security completely missed the fork and let me sail on through security with it. Only in Accra…a 3rd world country…did security detect this potentially dangerous object.

And its discovery was not pretty. Two or three other guards converged on the bag and began to interrogate me as to why I had this potentially dangerous object in my bag. I finally convinced them it was an honest mistake and told them to keep it.

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This time, the pat-down was even more invasive than the first. They didn’t use the metal detector wands on us at all. Just went straight for the pat-down. They did things to me, my wife, and my kids that, if a stranger outside of a security context had tried, I would have sent him to his Maker for doing.Finally through security, invasive pat-downs and all, we walked through the corridors past various shops to our waiting area for our flight. The waiting area is a sealed off, 3/4 glass room with Delta logos on the fourth and only solid wall inside. At the entrance was another checkpoint complete with metal detectors, guards holding metal detecting wands, and another pat-down. I commented to my wife, “What could they possibly be securing at this point? There were no other entrances that I could see that would compromise security in the last 40 meters. Why do they need to check us twice?”

The rest was a blur. We took our seats, embarrassed and nervous for what we’d gone through again–at a second security checkpoint and wondering if we were in for a third nasty experience. Out of indignation, I grabbed my handheld video camera and made the following video, which pretty much speaks for itself.

(Note: I use very strong words to describe how we felt about this experience. There is no small amount of debate on whether invasive, extreme pat-downs and rape can be equated to each other. What I do know is that, to my wife, my kids, and me, it felt like a violation, which word is often used to describe rape. I’m not here to debate semantics, just to describe how it affected us personally.)

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Unfortunately, I was not able to capture video of my second confrontation with a different agent. As I found out from this second agent, who was a security consultant, privately hired by Delta to manage this checkpoint, my initial understanding of how things worked in the Accra airport was mistaken. I had assumed that the two checkpoints were purely Ghana and TSA operated. As explained to me by the second agent, though, all of the second checkpoint was 100% Delta sponsored and mandated, using TSA guidelines as their approach to security, but that they were not under obligation by the TSA or by Accra airport to provide it. His claim was that Delta was simply ensuring the safety of their passengers in an airport they didn’t consider safe.

I disagree.

Story Two: Anti-Pornography advocate on a Delta flight gets an eyeful of passenger’s violent kiddie-porn. Crew does nothing.

Are you, dear reader, okay with either of these situations?

I’m not.

Why not rig our drones to explode?

“We all feel drunk [with happiness] now,” says the Iranian engineer. “Have you ever had a new laptop? Imagine that excitement multiplied many-fold.” When the Revolutionary Guard first recovered the drone, they were aware it might be rigged to self-destruct, but they “were so excited they could not stay away.”

via Exclusive: Iran hijacked US drone, says Iranian engineer –

Iran is definitely working on electronic warfare techniques. EMP attacks are certainly on their list of things to experiment with and possibly deploy against the U.S.

Also, why don’t we have a self-destruct sequence that kicks in whenever our drones land? Even if the GPS data is faulty, a failsafe might be a timer rigged to wait for an encrypted broadcast that it is indeed unique to friendly forces. If it doesn’t hear that, it just explodes.

Is that really so hard? Maybe it is. What do you think?

Iran tries to make political hay from Britain’s woes

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Oh, now this is rich. Iran is trying to paint itself as a benevolent, concerned government (which it isn’t) by criticizing Britain over supposed human rights violations. In reality, Britain has shown remarkable and characteristic restraint in not addressing the rioters with any real tactics, let alone the extremely brutal ones that would be the default option in Iran.

In the same breath, Iran’s hardline conservative newspaper acknowledges that this is all part of the Arab Spring and practically congratulates the “youth”  (actually mostly young Arab jihadists…which the politically correct MSM takes great pains to cover up) on their violent uprising.

Iran has been especially vocal in its taunting of Britain over the riots, turning the tables on a country that helped lead Western condemnation of Tehran’s crackdown on streets demonstrations that followed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed re-election in June 2009.

The hardline conservative Iranian daily Kayhan likened the riots on Thursday to the “awakenings” of the Arab Spring that have toppled or badly shaken despotic Arab rulers.

“Now the nations’ uprisings and tumult against illegitimate rule, after the Middle East region and North Africa, has found its way to the heart of Europe,” it said in an editorial.

On Wednesday Ahmadinejad called on Britain to curb its “savage” treatment of the rioters and to tackle the poverty and discrimination he said underlay the violence.

Britain’s top diplomat in Tehran responded on Thursday with a letter saying London was happy to discuss its handling of the street unrest.

“I would remind you that the UK has a standing invitation to all U.N. special rapporteurs and has facilitated the visits of a number of these rapporteurs to the UK in recent years,” British Charge d’Affaires Jane Marriott wrote.

“I urge the Iranian government to extend a similar courtesy to the dedicated U.N. special rapporteur for the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, to enable him to address the international community’s grave concerns about ongoing human rights violations within Iran.”

The U.N. Human Rights Council voted in March to nominate a special rapporteur for Iran to look into its crackdown on the opposition and frequent use of the death penalty. Iran has so far declined to allow Shaheed to visit.

via What’s Farsi for Schadenfreude? UK critics revel in riot woes | Agricultural Commodities | Reuters.

New Info on the Murder of John P. Wheeler: Katherine Klyce Interviewed

Delaware crime: The death of John P. Wheeler: Random killing or assassination? | Courier-Post |

Finally, someone in the media, namely Cris Barrish of The News Journal, has the guts to start digging into the mystery of the death of John P. Wheeler III.  Everything about what Katherine Klyce says has an angle of plausibility that this was a carefully planned hit, and not a tragic death of a crazy man.  The fact that he had bipolar disorder with symptoms of Aspergers Syndrome is something that the murderers likely used to their advantage in covering up their crime.

If I had more time at the moment, I would detail all the new things that have come to light as a result of this excellent article, but I’ll leave that to you. Forward this on and reblog it as much as possible. The truth needs to be made known.

US student shows how to listen through steel walls… and send 50W while you’re at it

I hope Tristan Lawry’s found some protection for himself and that he is sleeping in a different place each night. He may end up like John P. Wheeler if he doesn’t.

The fact that Lawry’s device also transmits a significant amount of power — and he says it can be improved upon — means a spook can wander into any lair, stick one transducer on the wall and transmit any signals from inside from a corresponding transducer on the outside of the wall.

No electronic jamming. No concerns about batteries running flat.

Of course, Lawry couldnt care less if the MI6 suddenly has to find a new way to gather state secrets. Hes doing it for the good of humanity and claims it can solve a myriad of design problems.

Submarines are a good example. Because those inside cant collect sensory data from the outside without drilling hundreds of holes through shell for power and data cables, that makes for structural integrity issues.

The same problems arise for aerospace and nuclear engineers.

But for now, it simply means Traistan Lawry’s well on his way to becoming either extremely wealthy… or extremely missing.

via US student shows how to listen through steel walls… and send 50W while youre at it |

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Why Obama supported the Egyptian revolt, but not the Iranian one

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Here’s some food for thought this morning.

They met daily for two weeks in the cramped living room of the mother of Ziad al-Alimi. Mr. Alimi is a leading youth organizer for Mr. ElBaradei‘s campaign group. His mother, a former activist who served six months in prison for her role leading protests during the bread riots in 1977, lives in the middle-class neighborhood of Agouza on the west bank of the Nile.

Those present included representatives from six youth movements connected to opposition political parties, groups advocating labor rights and the Muslim Brotherhood.

via The Secret Rally That Sparked an Uprising –

Read the whole article. It’s very revealing of Obama’s socialist, Islamist-pandering foreign policy.

Exclusive: If we don’t fight, TSA-like security coming to ‘sidewalks,’ ‘football games,’ Texas Rep. warns | The Raw Story

“It needs to stop somewhere,” [Rep. David Simpson (R-TX)] insisted. “If we don’t nip this thing in the bud it’s gonna come to our sidewalks, to our football games. The DHS was considering as recent as five years ago doing covert scanning of the public, but they’ve denied pursuing that any further. That they would consider it shows they have no regard for the Fourth Amendment.”

A spokesperson with the Department of Homeland security refused to comment on the pending legislation, but noted that in many cases still, state laws do not trump the federal government.

via Exclusive: If we don’t fight, TSA-like security coming to ‘sidewalks,’ ‘football games,’ Texas Rep. warns | The Raw Story.