If I were the
operators of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), if I were a Los Angelino,
if I were a Californian, I�d be (1) pissed (2) worried and (3) ready to go to
war with the FAA (Federal Aeronautics mis-Administration). And, as a New Yorker
who saw a huge piece of his city destroyed on 9/11, as an American who saw that
event used to lead us into the international War on Terror, I am both concerned
if not horrified about
what�s going on at LAX.
Forget about the
idiot terror alert exported from London last week that had millions believing
liquid bombs were the next big thing on the WOT horizon. The reality of �liquid
bombs� as told at Brasscheck
TV is that, �Yes, it�s possible to combine acetone, hydrogen peroxide
and an acid to make triacetone triperoxide (TATP), the so-called �liquid bomb�
scenario. But, according to Brasscheck,
it�s what I-D-I-O-T-S do when they want to make their own homemade explosives�
(and often end up blowing up themselves and their homes).
�TATP is an
extremely unstable substance prone to explode unexpectedly�and it requires
refrigeration of 10 C or less to be manufactured with any degree of
reliability. The idea that this process could be carried out in the cramped
washroom of an airliner is fanciful at best. That this feat could realistically
be accomplished on ten different airplanes simultaneously is as likely as the
US government�s 9-11 story or the UK London�s government�s 7-7 story.
�If this plot is
evidence of al-Qaeda�s ability to launch sophisticated attacks against the
freedom-loving West, then we have nothing to worry about.� But what is going on
at LAX is something that should be of concern and the cause for immediate
action because it stinks. Here is a list of events the LA Times prepared for its story linked in the first paragraph . . .
Three FAA air traffic control systems malfunctioned
in Southern California in the last month. Here's a rundown of what the systems
do and how they failed.
18: A surge protection system designed to protect backup generators
from power spikes failed at an FAA communications center in Palmdale. The
facility that directs high-altitude traffic lost power for two hours and
controllers briefly were unable to see or talk with pilots.
are still trying to figure out what caused the power outage that affected
airports throughout Southern California. Controllers have been using the backup
power system a number of times since the outage without a problem. It was used
as a precaution when there was high demand on the main power grid. Yet Palmdale
controllers handling high-altitude flights completely lost communication with
pilots for several minutes on July 18 after the backup power system
inexplicably went down.
all the time needed for tragedy. Did any homebody with a terror agenda have a
hand in that?
26: The aural alarm on ground radar equipment designed to alert controllers in
the LAX tower to potential collisions was shut off after the system put out a
false alert, minutes before a turboprop narrowly missed a regional jet that had
strayed too close to its runway. Controllers could still see airplanes on the
this near crash occurs just a week and a day after the surge protection system
7: An instrument landing system on LAX's south airfield that sends radio beams into cockpits
to help pilots orient themselves to the runway shut itself off after the signal
was interrupted. FAA officials don't know what caused the malfunction. Flights
were delayed for the rest of the day. The south airfield helps pilots land on
foggy days and was out for three and a half hours. This delayed dozens of
flights for over 90 minutes.
what Merry Prankster interrupted the signal? We know how desperate some folks
in DC are for some major �terror� disaster to happen. So desperate they came up
with the liquid bomb fiasco, a direct lift from the Project Bojinka event, exposed in
January 1995 when Philippine police arrested and tortured Abdul Hakim Murad in
a Manila apartment where bomb-making equipment was found. He told them of plans
to plant timed explosive devices on 11 US airliners simultaneously, and to
crash-land an airplane into CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.
Aug.14: The instrument landing system failed for a second time. So we
have a dry run then a repeat?
fact, imagine all this occurring in less than a month. Remember also that the
City of Los Angeles runs LAX. But the FAA is responsible for maintaining air traffic control equipment. So
what�s happening, FAA? Get your act together. Unfortunately, the malfunctioning
instrument landing system has forced
LAX to shut down that runway.
there is a huge construction project going on at the airport�s south side.
Hundreds of trucks work the airfield each day just yards from the runway where
the troublesome landing system is.
This project includes the closure of the southernmost runway in order that
workers can move it 55 feet closer to El Segundo. This event caused neither
outage, but it puts the second of the four runways out of operation. Operations
were able to continue smoothly with just three runways. Two runways is another
story, a dangerous story. The FAA and LAX should know this.
that the fact that planes are running close to 100 percent of capacity. Now we
have all the ingredients for a major catastrophe, which could so easily be
labeled �a terror attack.� It seems to me a golden opportunity for the wrong
people to make something happen, just as they did on 9/11 by having five
parallel terror drills going on.
Remember 9/11 and New Orleans
drills filled the air controllers screens with dozens of planes. When the hits
occurred, controllers were often baffled as to which was a real hit and which a
faux event. The drills also drained most of our fighter planes from the area
and sent them as far as Alaska and northern Canada, leaving some four planes to
handle the Eastern Seaboard. So it�s not hard for a few bad apples at the top
to spoil the barrel right to the bottom. That�s my concern. That and how even a
legitimate LAX catastrophe will inject even more fear and paranoia into our
today Los Angeles, tomorrow Chicago, the day after Dallas, and then what do we
do? I�d say call the Department of Homeland Security, but that�s no solution.
It�s a useless bureaucracy, sucking billions of dollars into the hands of inept
suppliers. What did it or the administration do for New Orleans? Watch it drown?
Send a billion dollars worth of trailer homes to sit in empty fields with no
infrastructure to use them.
wake up! Take matters into your own hands. And if the FAA doesn�t fix its
equipment, shut the goddamn airport down and make everyone stop, look and
listen to what�s going on. Don�t wait until you have a disaster on your hands
and somebody�s pointing a finger at you.
2004, the Army Corp of Engineers presented George Bush with a $14 billion
project spaced over 30 years to repair and shore up New Orleans' levees. He cut
the number to $2 billion over 10 years for the most promising projects,
whatever that meant. We all know the result and the consequent expenditures.
Don�t let this happen to you, LA. It�s not worth the cost of another bad movie
like Flight 93 or World Trade Center to lamely try to
Mazza is a freelance writer living in New York City. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.