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My personal plan to combat terrorism
This morning I read a sizeable portion of the 9/11 commission report and I was pleased to discover that it appeared to blame LACK OF IMAGINATION, and an inadequate attempt to "combat terrorism". It cites inadequate use of what was already learned after Pearl Harbor.

How does one combat terrorism? By dropping bombs? Sending troops into a country or two? Investigating and harrassing US citizens who have relatives in the middle east? Or maybe by electing Republicans who speak largely of combating "Evil" instead of focusing on the true magnitude of the problem. To Bush even I may appear Evil, but calling people names won't help the war on terror.

It amazes me that prior to 9/11 although the thought of planes being hijacked and flown into targets was conceived of, the assumption was that these planes would be flown in from overseas. Anyone who has traveled internationally would already know that prior to 9/11, airport security tended to be stricter prior to 9/11, so clearly the people who made this assumption were unimaginative people who never left the country.

So you ask, what is my plan to combat terrorism? That's simple, the plan is to EXPRESS IMAGINATION. For the past three and half years, I've been careful NOT to share my imaginative ideas for how terrorist could better terrorize America, and now thanks to this report, I'm now aware that by not sharing my imagination, I've been in fact hindering our national security. Maybe I should create an LJ community dedicated to disseminating means of indiscriminately killing thousands of Americans. Sounds awful, I know.

How about I don't do that just yet. How about I just speak of one plan, the one plan I consider to at the moment to be among the easiest and most cost-effective for the terrorists, and at the same time, the easiest to circumvent if the nation is actually serious about its war on terror.

Foreword: If I can think of this, ANYBODY CAN, and most likely such a plan already exists but the public simply has not been properly informed.

The plan:
Instead of trying to effect terror within our borders, the terrorists should infiltrate South American drug cartels and assist in smuggling drugs into the United States. There are two primary benefits. For one thing the drugs will no doubt kill some Americans, and at the same time by improving smuggling methods, they will have a means to smuggle other weapons of terror, and eventually after boosting the influx of cheap drugs, taint the drugs with poisons.

How to avert this plan:
Decriminalize certain relatively safe (non IV) drugs which are already in widespread use such as marijuana and possibly cocaine, license their domestic production, and effectively make these certain drugs SAFER for those people who choose to use drugs currently illegal. At the same time make the public aware of the threat of terrorist tainted drugs, thereby reducing the availability of many other harder drugs suchas Heroine, PCP etc, to nill.

If there is a downside to this aversion plan, I fail to see what it is. The only way I can see this going wrong would be some poorly focused idea that they can disseminate the warning without also decriminalizing the already more popular drugs. They will probably try that, but maybe not if the public is forewarned in this manner.

Should you wish to check out the same documents which I read this morning, check out the links in the upper right hand corner of this page:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4401687.stm
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vvalkyri From: vvalkyri Date: April 2nd, 2005 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, first off, the idea of planes being flown into targets had indeed been conceived of. There were several major works of fiction (Clancy, where the Capitol's hit during the State of the Union, promoting Jack Ryan to the presidency, and Steven King's The Running Man come to mind) but also on the non fiction side there had been discussion about it before the '96 olympics in Atlanta and before the G8 summit back in 2001. Moreover, there was an attempt in I believe 1996 (1997?) where the plans for a hijacked plane turned out to be to crash it into the Eiffel Tower. The hijackers were unable to take off after demanding refuel.

As to terrorists tainting illegal drugs the biggest problem there is that it won't really faze most of the population. It wasn't long ago when there were discussions of just poisoning the Heroin supply so as to just get rid of all hte users.
vvalkyri From: vvalkyri Date: April 3rd, 2005 12:21 am (UTC) (Link)
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