BBC News: The selling of PlayStation 2 mod chips has been ruled illegal. I’m struggling to find examples of non-destructive technology which has, in the past, been ruled illegal for possession. Anyone got any ideas?
The BBC reports on the emergence of video footage of the 9/11 hijackers being security checked at Dulles airport, after they set off metal detectors before the flight which ended – terminally – at the Pentagon. It’s absolutely no surprise to anyone who travelled by air in the US before 2001 that the hijackers could set off metal detectors and yet not be caught, given the woeful state of security at the vast majority of US airports. It always astounded me, coming from a country which has always terrorism seriously because of our own experiences with the IRA, how lax the US was.
David Aaronovitch on Robert Kilroy-Silk’s entrance to the European Parliament:
You see, he said, how they are trying to take us over? The first candidate admitted to a “project”, the second one had talked about a “dream”. Project and dreams! But look, he went on, in his strange snap, click, crack, drraaawwll way of speaking, “we do not come here to destroooooy or destruuuuuuct. We respect the legitimacy of the parliament.” All we want to do, he explained, is to wreck things. “I’m very fond of the Italians and the Spanish. I like the people, I like the countries. Some of the clothes I am wearing were made there!” (Ah, Robert, I thought, the Dolce & Gabbana zebra thong.) There we had it. The Torremolinos view of the European enterprise.