Thursday, August 17, 2006

Bush: Protect Only ME

By Cassandra D

Here's a rather annoying bit of news, via AMERICAblog (from The Boston Globe):

Apparently the White House already uses the liquid explosives detector that is not yet in place at our airports.

"Since the early 1990s, AS&E has made SmartCheck, a $50,000 low-intensity X-ray scanner that can spot a bottle of organic compounds in a passenger's pocket.

But is the liquid an explosive, or a batch of baby formula? Ahura says its $30,000 handheld laser scanner, the First Defender, can answer the question. The device can ``see" through glass or plastic bottles and identify any of 2,500 different chemical compounds in about 15 seconds. The FBI and New York City police already use the Ahura system, which went on sale about a year ago.

Joe Reiss, AS&E's vice president of marketing, said his company's SmartCheck systems are used at the White House and the US Supreme Court. But they're not widely used in airport security. TSA agreed last year to conduct tests of the system. But Reiss said those tests had not yet begun."

The good news: At least you can take your lip gloss when you go on the White House tour.


At 1:49 PM, Anonymous flamewhore said...

I think the White House banned lip gloss after the Clinton administration. Sorry. I just couldn't help myself, you set it up so well.

At 5:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So....a terrorist can get on the plane with their liquid explosives...then crash into the White House...did Bush think of that???!!! Maybe he ought to re-think the airport scanner thing! (My teenage daughter thought of that.)

At 6:46 PM, Blogger Chase McInerney said...

Can someone explain the previous comment to me?

At 8:54 PM, Anonymous Greta McInerney-Spinoza said...

Minor correction -- you can take SOLID lip gloss on the plane, but not a liquid or gel type lip gloss.

Doesn't TSA care what people look like when they're on the plane?


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