Fake Aussie Motorcade's Security Breach No Laughing Matter
Reuters reports that a team of Australian TV comedians drove a three car motorcade (complete with motorcycle outriders) straight through three security checkpoints in the center of Sydney. The Gateway to Australia is currently hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation group forum, where 21 world leaders are gathering amidst what was thought to be tight security. Embarrassed police reacted with a predictable combination of derision and misplaced anger. "Whilst I enjoy like everyone else a good laugh, this isn't funny" local police Superintendent Dave Owens told reporters. "I'm very angry that such a stunt like this could be pulled." Well, that's what you get when you deploy decoy motorcades to confuse terrorists. Anyway, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer claimed the stunt proved the security arrangements worked. "They presumably were … aiming to humiliate a lot of well-known people. The point is they were in any case arrested." Uh, I think the point is that the security arrangements were a dismal failure. The fake Osama Bin laden drove within meters of the hotel where President Bush will be staying; close enough to destroy the building with one– never mind three- car bombs.