AliasMarlowe writes: Looking at the "shoe bomber" and the "underpants bomber", it is hard to escape the conclusion that they intended to fail at blowing up airliners. They intended instead to push Western society further from its own ideals and towards repression and reduction of rights and liberties. In this, they succeeded, and advanced the cause of their sponsors. My journal suggests what some of their next steps might be to lead the U.S. and others further down that slippery slope, and why the reflexive responses of "security" will do exactly what the terrorists want and further advance the cause of the terrorists and their sponsors.
"The eleventh commandment was `Thou Shalt Compute' or `Thou Shalt Not
Compute' -- I forget which."
-- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982