Re: [azsecularhumanists] DUH!!!! guns stop terrorists
- What would be truly amusing is if some country told Bush, "Yes, we will
comply by allowing all passengers and crew to carry firearms." :-)
>DUH!!!! Guns stop hijackers
>U.S.: Arm international flights
>Some airlines will comply, others react coolly to directive
>Dec. 30, 2003 12:00 AM
>WASHINGTON - Worried about a terrorist strike over New Year's, the
>Bush administration said Monday that it would require armed air
>marshals on select foreign flights entering, leaving or flying over
>the United States to prevent suicide hijackings.
>The move is a significant expansion of U.S. efforts to prevent
>commercial and cargo flights from being used in terrorist attacks at
>a time when the administration has raised the nation's terror alert
>status to "high."
>In announcing the order, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge
>reiterated that the alert would remain at "high" at least through the
>The system goes into effect immediately for an estimated 800 to 1,000
>passenger flights a day that could be required to use air marshals.
>Ridge warned that carriers that refuse to comply could be prevented
> from using U.S. air space.
>Some international airlines said Monday that they would cooperate
>with the requirement. Britain said Sunday that it had tightened
>security for trans-Atlantic flights and suggested that it might put
>armed sky marshals on some planes.
>Mexico will arrange for its own armed agents to travel on certain
>flights over the United States, Mexican Interior Secretary Santiago
>Intelligence suggests that al-Qaida remains interested in using
>airliners as weapons and could try to skirt tightened airline
>security in the United States by using foreign passenger or cargo
>Ridge said armed law enforcement officers would be placed only on
>flights where intelligence causes concerns about a particular plane.
>"Let me reassure you that in the 2 1/2 years since September 11, our
>aviation system has risen to new levels of security," he said.
>The directive, issued in the form of three emergency amendments to
>air security regulations, takes effect immediately. It requires that
>armed law enforcement officers from the home nations of the airlines
>be placed aboard passenger and cargo flights. The marshals must be
>able to prevent an intruder from reaching the cockpit. The cost would
>be borne by the airlines.
>Private analysts suggested that only a small proportion of foreign
>flights may be required to post armed marshals, but the U.S.
>announcement, and the forcefulness with which it was delivered,
>received a mixed and sometimes frosty reception from allies and
>In Britain, where handguns are banned and even many police officers
>do not carry weapons, the transportation agency said this week that
>armed marshals might be required on some British carriers. But it
>emphasized in a statement Monday that "only the U.K. can authorize
>the placing of air marshals on U.K. carriers."
>The British Air Line Pilots Association said it does not believe arms
>belong on aircraft, and British Airways, the country's biggest
>airline, said it reserves the right not to fly if it is forced to add
>"We have received the request for the deployment of cover
>capabilities on flights," an airline official said. "Only if British
>Airways was satisfied that safety was enhanced would that flight take
>David O'Connor, regional director in Washington of the International
>Air Transport Association, a trade group that represents most
>international carriers, said that the American demand is likely to
>cause unease in some quarters overseas.
>"You don't want a shootout on an airplane, and historically, our
>preference has always been to stop the terrorists before they get on
>the aircraft," O'Connor said. "But this is the way the United States
>is going, and we'll certainly cooperate. Whether there are better
>ways, we'll have to wait and see."
>When the government fears the people,
>that is LIBERTY. When people fear the
>government, that is TYRANNY.
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