You Can Walk A Bomb Right Into Federal Buildings In America
So hospitals and the military are not safe. Neither is Hollywood or your very own home. Surely there must be some place that stands alone as the last bastion of privacy and security. Federal buildings, perhaps? If any places remain protected, those would have to be it, right?
Turns out, not so much. In 2009, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) sting revealed how incredibly easy it was to smuggle homemade bombs past a protective service that provides security for 9,000 federal buildings. Most depressingly, it often wasn't a case of outdated technology or even clever criminal tactics, but rather good old-fashioned worker incompetence. In many instances, the smugglers simply walked right into the building with the necessary supplies to build an entire goddamn bomb because security personnel weren't paying attention to their x-ray screens.
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"Look, we have time for bombs or dongs, not both."
Unfortunately, these sobering results didn't do much to inspire tighter security protocols. Two years later, a bomb was carried into a federal building by an on-duty security guard, who discovered a suspicious package outside and brought it in to the lost and found. The bomb sat there next to forgotten umbrellas and sunglasses for three fucking weeks before someone decided to x-ray the abandoned package. The guard was understandably suspended and the building's security was retrained in the art of observation. Hopefully, they now possess the necessary skills to call an adult no more than a week after the next attempted bombing of a federal building.
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