Bit late on this, but that is better than never… Allow me to make myself as explicitly clear as I possibly can: if a mall or hotel requires me to go through so much as a metal detector, I will not visit it.
The United States is stepping up security at “soft targets” like hotels and shopping malls, as well as trains and ports, as it counters the evolving Al-Qaeda threat, a top official said Sunday.
A year after a foiled plot to bomb a US-bound passenger plane, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told CNN’s “State of the Union” program that other places and modes of transportation must now be scrutinized.
“We look at so-called soft targets — the hotels, shopping malls, for example — all of which we have reached out to in the past year and have done a fair amount of training for their own employees,” Napolitano said.
Before we go any farther, we need to reiterate one simple point: The Transportation Security Administration (also now known as Thousands of Sexual Assaulters) has not actively stopped a single terrorist from boarding a plane. Not one. The only reason those terrorists the TSA did not stop were not successful was either their own incompetence, or quick and decisive action from their fellow passengers. In fact, the TSA fails to detect simulated explosives and bombs more often than not.
Yeah. ‘Cause that is going to go great.
If I were in any way affiliated with an American mall, I would be coming unglued right about now – the simple fact is that people do not need malls any more. Oh, sure, they are wonderful sources of socialization, and it always helps to be able to touch and feel an item before you actually purchase it, but the vast majority of online retailers have relatively simple and inexpensive return policies for fitment errors, so the “go try it on” theory goes right out the window… and I can guarandamntee you that the average American, if given the choice between being groped and prodded and having to wait a little while longer for that pair of jeans, will just go online and cut the mall right out of the circuit.
Which, I am sure, will do wonders for the already-stagnant American economy.
Seriously, do these halfbaked morons taking up space, oxygen, and taxes in D.C. just sit around all day dreaming up ways of arbitrarily granting themselves greater power, while simultaneously driving the country farther into the ground? Here is a crazy idea, Janet: Piss. Off. We do not need your undertrained college drop-outs groping our children as we go to the local temple to commercialism, and we sure as hell do not need your failed bulldren at airports around the country. Get a real job, and stop telling other people how to live their lives for a change.