Will Your Mobile Phone Be Jammed Next Time Terrorists Attack?
from the what-good-will-that-do? dept
The Associated Press is running a story saying that police in LA are experimenting with a plan to jam mobile phone communications (which seems to be a violation of federal laws) in the event of a terrorist attack. The reasoning seems to be that, because some terrorists have been using mobile phone detonated bombs, this could be a method to prevent such a bomb. Of course, the havoc caused by not allowing mobile phones to work over a large region filled with panicked people (should a terrorist attacks till occur) seems particularly dangerous. Besides, imagine just how upset people will get if this jamming system is used in a false alarm? Anyone who pushed the button when it turned out to be a false alarm would clearly be risking their job. If anything, I'd bet the public admission of this plan is more to scare off potential terrorists from using such a bomb.