Thursday, August 24, 2006

False Positives

We are going to have a few of those and it seems air passengers are enforcing some.
And air marshals some others.
I know I would be nervous sitting on a flight watching any kind of odd behaviour. Even just waggish, as might have been the case in the first story. And right now I might see fit to stop a flight because of that nervousness.
These could all be false positives (the "30 sminutes to live" could be a mishearing, passing around cellphones could be showing off pictures). And the problem is one can have false negatives too. And these are greater disasters.
One blog I have learned a lot from looks at this in a different, but also important, area.


At 1:19 PM, Blogger Martin said...

Your complacence in the face of all this is I suppose admirable. But until they address the root causes of these threats, it seems only a matter of time before they strike again. The root causes: the occupation and state terrorism practiced by the US, UK in Iraq/Afghanistan, and by Israel in Lebanon, the West bank and Gaza. The latter is driven by a vicious and racist agenda where Palestinian deaths seem not to matter and can take place only with the continued military support from the US. It is a mugs game to ignore this.


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