Sunday, February 26, 2006

New WTC security plan: No planes allowed!

Apparently, the new World Trade Center complex to be built in New York City will employ some of the most sophisticated security technology available.

Visitors to the complex that eventually will fill the World Trade Center site might have to submit to iris scans or thumb print analysis to get into buildings, while smart cameras try to match their faces to a photo database of known terrorists. Well-paid armed guards would be on patrol and sensors would test the air for lethal gases.

Sounds like they're going to make the new development more secure than Fort Knox. And I can't wait to see the force-field and surface-to-air missiles they deploy to keep jumbo jets from crashing into it!

All of the whiz bang, techno-security gadgets are fine and dandy, but the plan seems to go just a tad overboard. I mean, it wasn't as though the original WTC was infiltrated and attacked by scores of masked terrorists who would have been thwarted by iris scans and other biometric devices.

For crying out loud, they flew planes into the buildings!!

I think it would be difficult to do an iris scan on the pilot of a rogue aircraft as it approaches a building, and then have a computerized voice reply, "Your identity is not a match. Please stop your vehicle at once."

Can you say, "Overkill?"


At 9:48 PM, Blogger Blueberry said...

Hope that firefighters won't have any trouble getting in if they need to!

I really wish that they would have turned that area into a memorial park. I would have a lot of trouble going into that new set of buildings without obsessing over all the people who died there... many of them still there. But obviously a memorial does not serve commerce well enough. I know they will have a World Trade Center somewhere... but I just think it is creepy putting anything there on that spot that smacks of business as usual.

At 11:09 AM, Blogger DrewL said...

I seem to recall that the owner of the property took out an enormous insurance policy on it not long before 9/11/01. Was it mere prescience or something else?

Apparently, there's no letting emotions get in the way when there's money to be made. Big money, at that!

At 12:56 AM, Blogger The Xsociate said...

How much you want to bet that all of this techno-security stuff is going to come courtesy of a Halliburton subsidiary?

At 11:19 PM, Blogger DrewL said...

Not sure that Halliburton's into that, but no matter. There's bound to be another willing candidate waiting in the wings for a big, fat, meaty contract at inflated prices.


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