Update on Laser Bullshit

From CNN...

The FBI investigation into recent incidents involving laser beams aimed at aircraft has found no link to terrorism, the Department of Homeland Security's transportation security chief said Monday.


"In certain circumstances, if laser weapons adversely affect the eyesight of both pilot and co-pilot during a non-instrument approach, there is a risk of airliner crash," the bulletin said.

In other words, this is just more law enforcement chest-puffery - an overblown, oversensationalized non-event designed to scare the crap out of people. Somewhere along the Afghanistan/Pakistan border, there's a cave full of Al Qaeda terrorists watching CNN and going, "Laser pointers? Get the fuck outta here! We never would have thought of that..."

Meanwhile, there's this guy in New Jersey...

A man who initially claimed his daughter aimed a laser at a helicopter was charged after he told federal agents that he pointed the light beam at two aircraft, authorities said Tuesday.

Awright, so this guy might not be the brightest bulb in the chandelier, deciding to point his laser pointer at a plane and a helicopter with all this controversy going on and all. But let's face it, he probably didn't intend to bring a plane down. Not that he really could have, unless he managed to simultaneously hit the pilot and the co-pilot in the eyes and they were landing or taking off and their instruments happened to be down.

Welcome to the War on Terror. Your tax dollars will be used to put the local "Laser Pink Floyd" show out of business, and maybe screw with some people who use annoying laser pointers.