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So much for security

Letter to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Just two weeks before 9/11, I was allowed to go through airport security three different times with my backpack containing a razor knife, hammer, screwdriver, pliers, nails, screws, matches and glue. They were mostly banned items then as well as now. This was a very serious breach of security.

Another time, the security guard for the Federal Building just let a woman, in a ski parka, go around all of their new security equipment without being checked. When I questioned him about this he said that they knew her and it was all right. This was after the soldiers had been killed in Iraq by a "known person" in the mess hall. On two different days a woman left a large backpack attached to a bicycle unattended for 10 or 15 minutes in front of the Federal Building at the bus shelter before she came back. I was the only other person there.

Twice, I have had the same bus driver tell me how easy it would be to set off a bomb at the cruise ship docks, once after the Spain subway incident and again just a few days ago after the London subway bombing. He had thought this through enough to know just exactly where he would place the bomb and how he could find out the best time just by reading the newspaper.

These are all very serious and scary situations. Am I the only one this has happened to? I don't think so. The bus driver just started this conversation on his own. The woman just pushed her bicycle up and walked off. The security screening at the airport x-rayed my backpack and let me go through. The x-ray machine either didn't work or they didn't care. The guard at the Federal Building, well ...

If these were just coincidence then that is great, but if not, I really think all of this should be checked. I know that if I were to talk to the government officials, the federal, state or local authorities they would just blow it off. They might have to take a hard look at how things are really being done. This is a very lax, dangerous and uncaring attitude, especially the security guards at the Federal Building.

Stan K. Marston

Juneau



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