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To: CitizenM

All I can say is God save the Republic.

Ben Franklin was right on two counts - his comments about (a) liberty and temporary safety and (b) "a Republic if you can keep it."

You can solace in the fact that I am in the minority on this. The bad news is the fact that means the grand experiment has failed.

79 posted on 02/19/2005 9:02:17 AM PST by NMC EXP (Choose one: [a] party [b] principle.)
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I'm sorry, and I don't want this interpreted as angry words, but consider the whole of this story.

“…When Mesa Airlines Flight 6264 landed at Lindbergh Field in San Diego the pilot was instructed to taxi to a remote area of the airport where some 35 passengers were taken off the plane and escorted onto two buses, reports City News Service.”

"When we landed and quickly did a U-turn on the runway, I was like, 'They never do that.' Then, all the cars started coming and it was obvious that it was for our plane. That was the scary part," one passenger told KGTV.

Link to story in worldnetdaily

Handling this situation required emergency security procedures at two separate airports, the FBI, fire department, bomb squad, police, etc. – all at a cost to the taxpayer, and inconvenience of people and passengers at the airports.

This woman is lucky that they only blew up her suitcase and she was not charged with anything.

Her “bomb” comment was what caused her to give up her liberty. Not the fact that she was “snippy.” Had she said she they couldn’t have found a tampon or something equally harmless that she hid, it would have been different.

Don’t use Ben Franklin’s phrase wrongly – it is my favorite, and on my wall. She gave up her own liberties when she infringed on the rights of others to travel and work without the stress of a bomb scare.

And I still think the security failed miserably when it did not remove her baggage prior to the flight. That the baggage traveled, ironically, proved her own snippy comment.

95 posted on 02/19/2005 11:17:58 AM PST by CitizenM ("...pacifism is one of the greatest allies an aggressor can have!" -Patrick Henry)
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