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A thousand years ago....

Well, actually eleven months back I considered the proposals for airport-style security checks at rail stations.

Here are some highlights:

"Quite apart from the civil liberties issue, there are immense practical problems in terms of making this an operational reality. If there are security checks at the main stations, the self-detonating community will take it upon themselves to use other stations. If every station in the country is to have scanners, that will mean expenditure running into astronomical figures, plus a minimum of two goons manning each booth. Probably more."

....

"Back to our self-detonaters etc, will they be screened at the entrance, or at the ticket barriers? If the former, there will need to be an awful lot of pavement freed up, and if the latter, why bother boarding a train to cause carnage if you can set off your bomb in a station concourse jammed with irritated travellers. As it stands, I hate to think what a well placed nail bomb could achieve on the concourse of any main railway station at rush hour before this proposal actually goes anywhere".

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Anonymous O. b. Laden said... 10:45 am

This war of terror seems over-rated. Al-Qaida seem to be less threatening to the West than they think. If they are such a threat, our birders er borders 've bin left wide open, which they don't seem to be taking advantage of.  



Blogger flashgordonnz said... 12:28 am

Hi Mr o.b. laden.
An observation for you if railway station concourses are a bit too down-market. When flying, don't forget to choose Business or First Class: the airline provides a perfectly adequate range of metal and glass weapondry, included in the ticket price. So you don't even have to lug it aboard.  



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