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22 comments

Where is it? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8044440)

Well? Where?

Re:Where is it? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8045054)

If by "it" you mean "the first post," then congratulations. You got it.

But if by "it" you mean "my penis," then I'm sorry; it's still missing. Keep looking here for updates.

Good for them... (0)

rayamor (245814) | more than 10 years ago | (#8044441)

Now maybe other airlines will learn from their mistakes.

Re:Good for them... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8045717)

Privacy kills. We learned that on 9/11, the worst day this world has ever seen. Until all of the terrorists are dead, you don't get privacy. Grow up.

MN foots bill (2, Troll)

rf600r (236081) | more than 10 years ago | (#8044442)

I'm sure that Northwest will find some way to get the state of MN to pay for all the legal fees here, anyway. NW is a taxpayer supported company in Minnesota. They thank the fine citizens of that state by price gouging them.

more lawsuit abuse (4, Funny)

sfjoe (470510) | more than 10 years ago | (#8044623)



Oh great. Another frivoulous lawsuit. Don't these ambulance-chaser lawyers realize that the federal government will protect our privacy? These lawsuits just add to the cost of doing business. We must crack down hard on these frivoulous lawsuits by getting some real tort reform. After all, Northwest Airlines has the best interests of their customers in mind and can't really be expected to keep customer data private when there are profits to be made.
Of all the nerve!

MOD PARENT FUNNY! (1)

Drakon (414580) | more than 10 years ago | (#8045174)

Mod parent funny.
Shoot mod who modded parent troll.
Some people... /me sighs.

My fellow Slashdotters (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8044677)

Inside the United States, where the war began, we must continue to give our homeland security and law enforcement personnel every tool they need to defend us. And one of those essential tools is the Patriot Act, which allows federal law enforcement to better share information, to track terrorists, to disrupt their cells, and to seize their assets. For years, we have used similar provisions to catch embezzlers and drug traffickers. If these methods are good for hunting criminals, they are even more important for hunting terrorists. (Applause.)

Key provisions of the Patriot Act are set to expire next year. (Applause.) The terrorist threat will not expire on that schedule. (Applause.) Our law enforcement needs this vital legislation to protect our citizens. You need to renew the Patriot Act. (Applause.)

Re:My fellow Slashdotters (4, Interesting)

wolf- (54587) | more than 10 years ago | (#8045857)

Key provisions of the Patriot Act are set to expire next year. (Democratic Applause.) The terrorist threat will not expire on that schedule. (Republican Applause.) Our law enforcement needs this vital legislation to protect our citizens. You need to renew the Patriot Act. (Republican Applause.)

Clarifications in bold

Re:My fellow Slashdotters (2, Interesting)

zangdesign (462534) | more than 10 years ago | (#8047279)

The really funny thing about the Patriot Act is that is should be Republicans who oppose it. Aren't they the "keep your hands off my rights" party?

Re:My fellow Slashdotters (1)

DEBEDb (456706) | more than 10 years ago | (#8047770)

There are. Like Bob Barr.

Re:My fellow Slashdotters (1)

cpeterso (19082) | more than 10 years ago | (#8048612)


no, you are thinking of the Libertarian Party. The GOP is a group of religious fundamentalists and Big Brothers. They are in favor of states' right only if the states agree with the Bush administration (pro-Drug War, pro-spam, anti-choice, anti-gay rights).

Re:My fellow Slashdotters (0)

atomic-penguin (100835) | more than 10 years ago | (#8050062)

No, you are mistaken. They are the "Keep your hands off my guns!" party. The "keep your hands off my rights" party are the libertarians.

Re:My fellow Slashdotters (5, Interesting)

orthogonal (588627) | more than 10 years ago | (#8046069)

...Key provisions of the Patriot Act are set to expire next year. (Applause.) The terrorist threat will not expire on that schedule. (Applause.)....

The AC, of course, is quoting President Bush's State of the Union Speech given last night.

The applause for "Key provisions of the Patriot Act are set to expire next year" was predominantly by the Democrats, and was apparently unexpected by the Republicans.

To repudiate the Democrats, the Republicans rose to their feet and even more loudly applauded "The terrorist threat will not expire on that schedule."

Yes, that's right. The Republican majority clapped loudly and enthusiastically for the proposition that the terrorist threat won't end.

But besides being black humor at its best, it just makes sense: the continuing "War on Terrorism" gives the Republicans an excuse to grab more power, further limit our liberties, and direct more no-bid contracts to Halliburton. Our fear of terrorism is their ticket to the good life.

So it was telling that later in the speech, President Bush characterized the "War on Terrorism" as "a task that does not end."

Like the "War on Drugs", Bush knows he'll never win the "War on Terrorism", and so he'll always have it around to justify more and more intrusive government. So long as there's a "War on Terrorism", Bush and his Republican cronies get to keep their cushy jobs, old men like Admiral Poindexter get to stare into your bedrooms, and young men from poor families get to join the army and die for Halliburton's oil.

Re:My fellow Slashdotters (2, Informative)

cpeterso (19082) | more than 10 years ago | (#8048633)


The applause for "Key provisions of the Patriot Act are set to expire next year" was predominantly by the Democrats

You mean the same Democrats that voted for it??

"The Patriot Act: One Step Closer to a Police State?" [thenorthstarnetwork.com] :

H.R. 3162 was passed on Roll Call 398 in the House of Representatives on October 24 by a vote of 357 in favor, 66 against and 9 members not voting. The partisan split was 211 Republicans voting in favor, 3 casting no votes and 5 not voting. There were 145 Democrats supporting the bill, 62 voting against and four not voting. There was one Independent voting in the affirmative and one voting against the bill.

How Ironic! (2, Interesting)

gillbates (106458) | more than 10 years ago | (#8044790)

The information they divulged was divulged to a researcher at NASA. Though I don't have the URL, I remember reading that the researcher basically concluded that airline passenger data could not be used to predict terrorist events; that the so-called passenger profiling efforts were effectively worthless. In other words, you couldn't reliably pick out terrorists based on statistical analyses of passenger flight records.

How ironic that Northwest is getting sued for something which didn't even achieve its intended result!

Re:How Ironic! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8045124)

It would be ironic if they were being sued by terrorists.

Re:How Ironic! (1)

DietFluffy (150048) | more than 10 years ago | (#8045827)

how is that ironic?

Re:How Ironic! (1)

TwistedGreen (80055) | more than 10 years ago | (#8046107)

It's ironic that Northwest is now being sued for contributing to something that turned out useless anyways.

Re:How Ironic! (3, Insightful)

orthogonal (588627) | more than 10 years ago | (#8046125)

In other words, you couldn't reliably pick out terrorists based on statistical analyses of passenger flight records.

Not surprising. I mean, how many terrorists list their occupation on a credit card application as "suicide bomber"?

But I bet you can pick out anti-war, anti-Bush, and anti-Republican travelers for harassment, uh, I mean, protective detention.

transaction profiling (1)

bstil (652204) | more than 10 years ago | (#8045553)

Right after 9/11 terrorists were suspected of buying put options on airline stocks. What type of stock market transaction profiling took place and by whom?

Another one bites the Dust (2, Interesting)

hotgazpacho (573639) | more than 10 years ago | (#8047856)

Well, there goes ANOTHER airline I WON'T be flying ever again!

Wonder how many other airlines are just that much better at hiding their complicity...
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