Tuesday, July 8, 2008

A Truly Stupid Idea

Sometimes I really wonder if the stuff that turns up on slashdot is serious or not. And if it comes from the Moonie Times I really wonder if it isn't just fiction or not. So you can imagine my amazement when I saw that some dumbass (and really, there's no other way to describe him) at DHS wants to put shock bracelets on airline passengers. Seriously?

This bracelet would:

• take the place of an airline boarding pass

• contain personal information about the traveler

• be able to monitor the whereabouts of each passenger and his/her luggage

• shock the wearer on command, completely immobilizing him/her for several minutes

The Electronic ID Bracelet, as it’s referred to as, would be worn by every traveler “until they disembark the flight at their destination.” Yes, you read that correctly. Every airline passenger would be tracked by a government-funded GPS, containing personal, private and confidential information, and that it would shock the customer worse than an electronic dog collar if he/she got out of line?
Where do these people come from? It's not enough to torture innocent brown people? Now our government wants to torture its own citizens for no reason other than they are airline passengers. Isn't the act of flying domestically torture enough?

Now, I don't really think this idea has any traction, but the fact that some retarded government functionary actually wrote a letter to the maker of the bracelets asking for a "written proposal" does scare the crap out of me. I mean, what is this guy doing to the neighborhood pets in his spare time? Christ...

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