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Box Cutters Can't Cut Through Red Tape

Recently, the United States Inspector General's investigators carried knives, a bomb and a gun through Boston Logan International Airport's boarding procedures without being detected.

In comparison, 20-year old Nathaniel Heatwole placed box cutters, molded clay and bleach on two Southwest Airlines flights that went undetected for a month. Even despite the fact that Heatwole sent an email detailing the who, what, where and how of his "civil disobedience" action.

Guess who's facing charges, though? Heatwole, and 10 years in jail, to be sure.

Heatwole seems like a regular guy. Earlier this year, he won a $1,000 ham radio scholarship. According to other articles, he also won a similar scholarship from his college radio station for writing.

Heatwole said, "I have a ton of stuff I'd like to say, but ... I have to work with government before I work with the media," in an interview from his home in Damascus, Md. to a newspaper, according to CBS.

The September 11 hijackers used box cutters to take over the planes that day.

No doubt what Heatwole did was wrong - but he did nothing to hurt anyone, only prove a point. It seems to me that we ought to thank him for pointing out these problems instead of punishing him.

But that's just one guy's opinion.

Printer friendly page Permalink Email to a friend Posted by J. Craig Williams on Tuesday, October 21, 2003 at 12:39 Comments Closed (0) |
 
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