Yesterday, being the anniversary of 9/11 and the attack on the Twin Towers, Nanny and her chums did their level best to remind us all that she is working for our benefit in trying to win the so called "war on terror" and ensuring that the "battle for civilisation" is won by the "good guys".
A cynic might argue that attacking Iraq, which was not responsible for the 9/11 slaughter, was a rather strange way to "protect us".
A cynic might also argue that a more effective means of lessening the chances of terrorist attack would be to allow the natural fissures and rivalries within Islam to be exposed from within, and for the extreme elements within the various factions (eg extremist Sunnis, extremist Shias etc) to fight it out amongst themselves and to kill each other, rather than for us to unite them by bombing civilian targets in the Middle East.
The most effective way for these fissures to be exposed, and for the "united" extremists to be thrown back to their natural state of trying to kill each other, would be for all of our troops to be removed from the Middle East and for us to stop buying oil from the Middle East.
However, what the fuck do I know?
Nanny has proven, by the fact that we all feel so much safer than we did a few years ago, that she really does know best.
On that note, she has been working hard to try to ensure that our flights are less likely to be blown up or highjacked.
By the way, I know that facts are something that Nanny really abhors, but do you realise that it has been at least 25 years since a British flight has been highjacked?
Maybe Nanny has been over reacting wrt her ever increasing security clampdowns?
Anyhoo, Nanny has decided that planes need CCTV and sound recording devices installed...yes Nanny really does have a fetish for CCTV!
Researchers in Britain and Europe are looking at technology that would introduce a network of microphones and cameras throughout aircraft, including the toilet, which would be linked to a computer.
This computer would be "trained" to pick up suspicious behaviour.
Precisely how a computer distinguishes between "ordinary" toilet activities, and suspicious toilet activities is beyond me. That being said, Catherine Neary of Bae Systems is very confident of the scheme's success. Bae is one of the British participants in a £24 million European Union project Safety of Aircraft in Future European Environment.
Ms Neary said:
"It would pick passengers who are behaving oddly or in an unruly manner.
They may appear nervous, or could be getting up while the plane is taxiing.
If someone looks as if they are praying,
the microphones would be able to tell if they were by picking up key words."
"There are likely to be cameras and microphones in the toilet,
because that is where terrorists go to assemble bombs.
If people know they will be safer,
they will be happy to accept the sensors,
but we are considering the legal implications of this."
Oh yes, I can really see this working!
CCTV is all very well, but it is invariably used "post event" to catch/prosecute the criminal after he has done the dirty deed. Unless you have "real time" human observers monitoring the plane, who are able to intervene pre attack, then this system is worthless.
I also suspect that the Mile High Club may be a tad annoyed about this too, or maybe not?
I don't know about anyone else, but I for one will be closely inspecting the facilities and the bowl the next time I answer the call of nature.