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the TSA might be the most inefficient govt agency and that's saying something. maybe a move from govt agency to a private company might speed up things some at airports.
on the other hand, terrorist aren't trying to get on planes with crotch / shoe bombs just for the hell of it. they're trying to figure out what they can get away with and how much they can carry on them.
Pilot - I understand your anger and frustration; truly I do.
But, with the utmost respect, sir, I heartily disagree with you on one point: the reason we are in this "falsie police state" is due to one fact only: we were attacked by terrorists. Did we attack ourselves? NO. Did the radical Muslims attack us? In your vernacular, F'ing A!
The atrocity that was 9/11 had NOTHING to do with the people of the United States. It had EVERYTHING to do with radical terrorists with a lust for death. PERIOD. Our government, our nation, and our people ARE NOT TO BLAME.
As to the hassle at airports these days, I will ask one simple question: have we experienced another attack? NO. We have had some close ones, and even a home-grown massacre or two (think Fort Hood), but nothing even remotely on the scale of 09/11. PRESIDENT George W. Bush's decisive actions after 9/11 has made us safer, in my opinion. I know there are many who might disagree with me, and if I know you, Pilot, you are likely shaking your head in disbelief at the screen right now. We can agree to disagree. The fact remains that I am not scared, nor do I think you are, to fly, nor are we worried that we may step on a land mine or have our house blown up by terrorists, because we live in America. Yes, 9/11 changed us. It injured our psyches and our souls, but it has made us more vigilant. We do not live in a war zone or a third-world country. We live in America, and even you who despises the "greedy, fat and bloated pig of a society that my country has become, and the uppity attitude they have shown the rest of our planet" gladly takes of the bounty that this nation provides. I do not agree with your assessment of our society. I still and always will believe this is the greatest nation on Earth, and will never tear her down. After all, many have tried to do just that, and even the events on 9/11 haven't succeeded in weakening us as a people.
9/11 has impacted my life by making me stronger, making me love my nation even more than before, and by, ironically, in my opinion, making our nation safer than before.