Mrs. rightviewfromtheleftcoast is almost ahead of the curve when thinking about potential terrorist targets.
Last month, Mrs. rightviewfromtheleftcoast and I were in Vancouver, British Columbia and we took one the ferries over to Vancouver Island and took in the sites of Victoria, the provincial capital. We were on a small tour bus and we had to drive about a half an hour and almost back in the United States to catch the ferry. We just drove on to the ferry, no questions asked and walked around.
As an aside, this was a great ferry. It almost felt like being on a cruise ship. I would recommend taking it if you are ever in this area of Canada.
Anyway, about halfway into our 90 minute journey, Mrs. rightviewfromtheleftcoast asked where was the security? I told her I did not know. So, she asked if I thought that with such laxed security, would it not be easy as can be for terrorists to wreak havoc. I said yes, it would.
Forward a month and back here in the United States and voila, a potential threat on the ferry system in Washington state.
There have been two men that look Middle Eastern and they have shown an unusual interests in the workings of one of the main ferries. This worried some people enough to take photos of the potential suspects and alert the authorities.
Another aside. Apparently the Seattle Post-Intelligencer feels no need to publish the photos in their fishwrap of a newspaper. They feel that it would be racial profiling. And they wonder why people are not reading newspapers.
Back to the terrorist threat.
Does the homeland security department realize that people like Mrs. rightviewfromtheleftcoast are the kind of people that they need? It is people that are ahead of the curve and at the very least thinking about the potential.
Mrs. rightviewfromtheleftcoast also likes to share the same theories when we attend sporting events. Again, she is right. Because sporting events tend to draw people to pay attention to the game at hand, almost no one would be paying attention if we took say the two men in Washington state and put them in Dodger Stadium and running the same questions to stadium personnel and maybe taking unusual photos.
Again, people like Mrs. rightviewfromtheleftcoast are ahead of the curve.
It is not that I do not think about it. I do all the time and very glad that we have a president in George W. Bush who recognizes the threats and trying all he can to prevent them.
But, what needs to be done is for homeland security to find a way to harness the thoughts of people like Mrs. rightviewfromtheleftcoast and use that to try to find ways to prevent the next potential terrorist attack.