Is our Guard let down again?
I recently took a crusie for my Honeymoon to the Carribean, and I was curious to see what type of Security they would have on the cruise ships
getting off and coming home. I know what a pain it is for some to fly, having to remove shoes, getting felt up, etc...so I was anxious to see what
would occur as was suprised at the END of the trip.
First, as we were getting on the ship, we went through a metal detector, and they X-rayed our baggage. Then they brushed us each with the wand and
we were on our way. The entire time we got on the bus for the trip to the ship, I did not see ONE law enforcement or military vehicle. We Went through
a "security checkpoint gate" with no attendees. The first official vehicle I saw was a Homeland Security boat, parked just off the front of the
ship. Teh boat followed us out a few miles, and turned off home again.
(HAd a great week in Mexico. See the MAyan ruinsm, they are awesome)
Now, Coming home, we got off the ship and we went to get our baggage. mind you baggage claim is a large room, no tags to match, nothing. No police,
or dogs. Nothing. We picked up our luggage and we went to the customs officials. I handed him my wifes passport, and my license and birth certificate
inside. He set it down, asked me for my customs sheet, and then immediately handed me back the passport, and waved my on. He did not even OPEN the
goddamn thing. Is this standard procedure??? I could have a chemical or bio agent in my bag, or I could have bought that pound back from Cozumel
(just kidding) Now, after Oklahoma City, I realized that we have domestic terrorism, and profiling only Arabs is incorrect, we should monitor
Please Realize, this is the Port of Tampa, one of the largest ports in America. Macdill AFB ,CENTCOM and SOCOM HQ are less than 2 miles away, you
know, where the war is played out.
I could have had ANYTHING in my carry on or luggage and they would have not known. The thing that gets me is that Mexico is where the terrorists
are supposed to be coming over the border from ( google for numerous articles) , and here there is no security coming back into the US.
Am I paranoid, or is security here lacking????? I mean, even Costa MAya had armed soldiers on the pier where we docked.
It is all run from here folks, what better place to strike......