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Homeland Security dodges common sense

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Date: May 31, 2007 - 09:00 AM
The Department of Homeland Security's new strategy? Not common-sense upgrades to security, like locks on cockpit doors.

No, they want wacky sci-fi ideas.

Those responsible for keeping the nation safe from devastating attacks realize that in addition to border agents, police and airport screeners, they "need people to think of crazy ideas," Andrews says.

The writers make up a group called Sigma, which Andrews put together 15 years ago to advise government officials. The last time the group gathered was in the late 1990s, when members met with government scientists to discuss what a post-nuclear age might look like, says group member Greg Bear.
You don't need "crazy ideas" or ray guns to stop someone from taking over an airplane. You need a bunch of passengers who won't stand for it, and a lock on the cockpit door so that the hijackers can't get in.

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