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U.S. Missile Defense Agency

‘Star Wars’ Technology Sees First Hit

In news that would make Han Solo proud, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency has shot down a ballistic missile using a high-powered laser. The technology, which never, ever worked in the past, is criticized by some as weaponizing space and others as a colossal waste of resources.

Posted on Feb 13, 2010 READ MORE


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seeandavoid.com

House Grounds Fancy Plane Plan

During a time when the term government spending (not to mention recession) gets quite a few hackles up, House Democratic bigwigs’ choice to scrap plans to purchase four posh planes to shuttle congressional leaders around is clearly wise, although the Senate vote may still pose a problem.

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Palin Resuscitates Talking Points She Left Out in Alaska

Missing from Republican VP hopeful Sarah Palin’s speeches during her recent homecoming visit to Alaska were two talking points she had used in heavy rotation before, but they were back in her script once she returned to talk to “lower 48” audiences, which, as Fox News (!) points out, may not be familiar with the relevant back stories.

Posted on Sep 14, 2008 READ MORE


Sudan crash
bbc.co.uk

Dozens Killed in Sudan Plane Crash

A Sudan Airways passenger jet carrying around 200 people crashed while landing at the Khartoum airport late Tuesday, skidding off the runway during stormy weather, catching fire and splitting in half. Dozens of people on the craft were reported killed after earlier estimates placed the toll much higher.

Posted on Jun 10, 2008 READ MORE


Southwest Plane
Flickr / gTarded

You Are Now Free to Blow the Whistle

The shocking truth about FAA plane inspections was revealed Thursday when three inspectors told a congressional hearing their supervisors ignored their concerns about the safety of Southwest planes and reprimanded them for raising questions.

Posted on Apr 3, 2008 READ MORE


F-15
news.bbc.co.uk

Air Force Grounds F-15 Fleet

The Air Force has decided to ground all 676 F-15 fighter jets in service because of a recent crash that is thought to have originated from a mechanical defect that may have caused the plane to break up in flight.

Posted on Nov 6, 2007 READ MORE


Some Liquids Allowed on Planes

Thanks to new regulations, small travel-size portions are now OK. As far as we can tell, however, snakes are still verboten.

Posted on Sep 25, 2006 READ MORE


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9/11 Video Tribute

To commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, we have assembled a collection of the most memorable and compelling footage related to that day—some of it iconic and unforgettable, like the images of the planes crashing into the towers, some of it more below the radar, like Jon Stewart’s first show after the attacks.

Posted on Sep 8, 2006 READ MORE


Arabic T-Shirt Keeps Man Off Plane

An Iraqi architect at JFK Airport was wearing a shirt that read “We Will Not Be Silent” in Arabic and English. Security officers said it was upsetting other passengers, and said he couldn’t board until he turned it inside-out or put on something else. He chose the latter. (Read his reaction after the jump) (h/t: Raw Story)
This is pretty ridiculous: If security guards were worried that he was a terrorist, a new shirt wouldn’t have thwarted his plot. And if they didn’t suspect he was a terrorist, why can’t he wear a shirt of protest?

Posted on Aug 29, 2006 READ MORE


Nuclear city
Illustration: Karen Spector

Tad Daley: Watered-Down Terror

“Liquids on a Plane” may have caught our attention, but the real terror threat is nuclear, as a newly released report makes so apocalyptically clear. An analyst with the Nobel Prize-winning outfit Physicians for Social Responsibility lays out the progressive case for staving off nuclear holocaust.

Posted on Aug 22, 2006 READ MORE


snakes
Image courtesy Snakes on a Blog

The Dawn of a New Era in Film?

Even though ?Snakes on a Plane? (which premieres today) promises to be a ludicrous action movie, it heralds a new paradigm in film: direct fan-filmmaker collaboration.
Responding to the pleas of fans on the Internet, the makers of “Snakes” added more violence, more nudity, and even the above line of profane dialogue. Never before have fans so directly influenced the production of a movie. Experts say the ripple effects across the industry could be huge.

  • Lots of great video links after the jump…

  • Posted on Aug 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Robert Scheer: Spinning Old Threats Into New Fears

    Investigators have known for a decade about terrorist plots to bring down passenger jets with liquid explosives. So why, all of a sudden, did Bush ban most liquids on flights?

    Posted on Aug 15, 2006 READ MORE


    British Airways
    From MSNBC

    MSNBC: U.S. Pressured UK to Rush Terror Arrests

    American officials leaned on England to arrest the would-be plane bombers at least a week before British authorities wanted to move in, according to MSNBC. One British official suggested the attacks were not imminent; the suspects did not yet have plane tickets—some didn’t even have passports.
    Why did this allegedly happen? We have a (unfortunately justifiably) cynical answer. Click to the jump….

    Posted on Aug 14, 2006 READ MORE


    liquids in public
    From Boing Boing

    Mixing Explosive Liquids in a Crowd

    Like, we don’t know, but ... it may be a bad idea to combine potentially explosive liquids in trash bins near big crowds. (h/t: Boing Boing)

  • Also, John at AMERICAblog wants to know: If liquid explosives were suspected back in a 1995 plane bombing plot, why have liquids been allowed on planes since then, and now suddenly they’re not?

    Posted on Aug 11, 2006 READ MORE


  • The White House
    From cs.umn.edu

    Bush Staffer on Terror Plots: ‘This Is Going to Play Big’

    In the wake of the foiled terrorist plots to explode passenger jets in midair, a White House official told an AFP reporter on Thursday, “Weeks before September 11th, this is going to play big” as a political opportunity for the GOP. The AFP reporter was merciless in his reporting, noting that Bush & Co. have been tarring Democrats as soft on terrorism the past few days—knowing full well that news of the terror plot could break at any moment.

    Posted on Aug 11, 2006 READ MORE


    John Gilmore at the airport

    Want to Fly? Your Papers, Please

    Did you know that airline officials can’t force you to show your ID before a flight? Every sign you see at U.S. airports that says otherwise is false. Also, the regulations governing this area are being kept secret from the public. Read about the man petitioning the Supreme Court to shed light on the situation.

    Posted on Aug 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Lieberman Seeks to Exploit Terror News for Political Gain

    Sen. Joe Lieberman seized upon news of the foiled British plane bombers to say that a victory for his Democratic rival, Ned Lamont, in November would constitute a victory for the terrorists.

  • You know, when John at AMERICAblog asked who was going to be the first one to exploit this situation for political gain, he thought it would at least be a Republican….

    Posted on Aug 10, 2006 READ MORE


  • Liquids on a Plane
    From craphound.com

    First Snakes, Now Liquids (on a Plane)

    It was looking like snakes were going to be the biggest threat to planes this summer, but energy drink bottles filled with explosive liquids turned out to be the real problem.

  • Check out the TSA’s hours-old official ban on liquids on planes.
  • Update #1: The terrorists were apparently “planning to smuggle hydrogen peroxide-based liquid/slurry explosives” (whatever that is) in the bottles, according to U.S. News.
  • Update #2
  • Someone came up with a fitting graphic (above)

    Posted on Aug 10, 2006 READ MORE


    British police
    AP / Matt Dunham

    Brits Foil Terror Plot

    Scotland Yard has upset a terrorist plot to explode planes in mid-flight from the UK to the U.S.  As part of an operation lasting several months, authorities arrested 18 people and raised the threat level in the UK to critical, the highest possible.
    Update: Bush raised America’s threat level to red—the highest. It’s a first for America.

    Posted on Aug 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Pentagon Burning on 9/11
    From the BBC

    U.S. Releases 9/11 Pentagon Video

    Bowing to a Freedom of Information request, the U.S. government has released a video of what is apparently (thanks, reader Lorenzo) American Airlines Flight 77 slamming into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. The group that made the FOIA request did so to dispel conspiracy theories.

    Posted on May 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Moussaoui Says He Was to Hijack 5th Plane

    The 9/11 conspirator tells a Virginia court that he and would-be shoe bomber Richard Reid were supposed to fly a plane into the White House on Sept. 11.

    Posted on Mar 27, 2006 READ MORE


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