If airport security tightens anymore, I’m pretty certain not even light will escape from terminals around America. That’s the feeling I get at least from the latest round of articles reporting the newest terror threat – bomb implants. Mainstream media reports that though “no immediate threat” has been made, “unnamed sources” or faceless “U.S. Officials” have reported new intelligence exists that terrorists plan on surgically implanting bombs in themselves. According to various reports, the new intelligence was brought to light about a month ago, possibly (no one’ confirming or denying, wink wink) from the raid on Bin Laden’s hideout, that suggests Al Qaeda is “seriously considering” the matter.
A few quick things about our nation’s latest security scare:
It’s not new: In 2009, the New York Daily News reported that potential Frankenbombers were lurking message boards for information on how to create a “surgically booby-trapped martyrdom seeker.”
Sources are vague: The source of the information comes from an unnamed TSA authority, backed up later by statements attributed to the White House and a TSA spokesperson. Except, in each case, the statements do not specifically refer to this threat at all, merely that terrorists have been looking for “other ways to circumvent security measures” and that they have “repeatedly and publicly indicated interest in pursuing ways to further conceal explosives.” In fact, Homeland Security has nothing on their page about the threat, and almost all of the quotes from “officials” come from a vague statement on the TSA’s website.
The solution exists: The New York Times reports that a security expert from the right wing Heritage Foundation said “traditional security procedures, including explosives-sniffing dogs and machines, and agents studying passengers for nervous behavior, could go far to reduce such a threat.”
Finally, if we apply occam’s razor, the likelihood of a shadowy terrorist group whose membership consists of “several hundred” or maybe “several thousand” members pulling the resources together to perform complicated surgery to create walking weapons is pretty low. But, expect even longer security lines, new fancier body scanners to be rolled out, and further assaults on basic civil liberties to follow. America simply isn’t afraid enough, and it’s been a slow news cycle this summer.