The Security Theatre's Sydney Tour
Posted: Thu, 17 May 2007 | permalink | No comments
In addition to whatever other stupidities and inconveniences our elected "representatives" foist upon us for the pointless APEC summit, they're now also going to take away our mobile phone reception.
I'm in favour of these devices, particularly if I can get one I can carry in my pocket. However, for the purposes of protecting foreign leaders (I'm not going to use the term "dignitary", since Dubya is in no way dignified), this thing is useless. All a bad guy has to do is make a bomb with an area of effect big enough to cover a football field, and make it trigger when it can't talk to the mobile phone network. When the mobile network goes away, you know that your target is close. Not to mention the fact that mobile phones aren't exactly the only radio transmitters out there -- a remote central locking key fob is an equally useful bomb detonator.
Sigh. At least Sydney apparently gets a public holiday on the day of the APEC summit. I haven't confirmed this; my wife was just depressed last night about how she didn't get the holiday because she doesn't work in Sydney.
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