As the old saying goes, Nothing can be made completely foolproof, because the fools are so ingenious. Suicidal neighbors, too also, per Peter van Buren:
US Air Travel Snarled by One Guy Not a Terrorist
Luckily ISIS has never thought to employ psychotic contractors in a bid to mess with America. ‘Cause that apparently works.
The problems in America’s creaky infrastructure started Friday morning when Brian Howard, an FAA contractor, wandered into the radar facility in Aurora, Illinois that serves Chicago’s O’Hare airport, one of the busiest in the world. Howard, seen on surviellance video dragging a suitcase and can of gasoline that did not seem to alarm anyone, then set the center on fire in an apparent suicide attempt. Paramedics said a shirtless Howard was in the process of slicing his throat with a knife when they found him in the basement of the burning facility. The fire destroyed 23 of the center’s 29 computers.
The result was chaos: Massive flight delays and cancellations at one of the nation’s busiest airports could last for up to two weeks. On Sunday, more than 700 flights in and out Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport were canceled, bringing the number of scrubbed flights to 2,000 since Friday’s sabotage. Even as of Monday, three days after the attack, O’ Hare and nearby Midway Airport were running at only 60 percent capacity, mucking up air traffic across the United States and causing millions of dollars and lost revenues.
The attack did not take place without warning. “Take a hard look in the mirror, I have. And this is why I am about to take out ZAU (Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center) and my life,” Howard wrote on Facebook. His account has since been taken down. The Facebook message was posted to Howard’s wall a half-hour after he entered the facility, from inside, and one of Howard’s relatives sent the message to local police.
The incident “is no terrorist act,” the Aurora police quickly announced to the media…
The problem isn’t “security”, as in “keeping track of 100% of the potential evildoers 100% of the time”. The problem is, our Modern Ruling Class have decided it’s not cost-effective to run air traffic control at less than seriously-overstretched capacity, or to pay living wages rather than rely on contract labor, or to provide public services that might convince the meat-cogs who eventually fail under the pressure of the first two factors to reconsider grand suicidal gestures.
But, of course, “we” will now call for more funding to be shifted to SECURITY!, because what if it had been…