Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Update on Laser incidents.

Police finally busted one of the jokers who has been painting commercial airliners with lasers. David Banach at first tried to claim that he and his daughter were star gazing. Ok, my telescope is quite old, do they know come equipped with laser sights, in case you want to paint a dot on Proxima Centauri now? He has not admitted to illuminating two commercial airliners with his toy, in one case blinding the pilots. Now Mr. Brilliance is facing a 25 year sentence in a pound-me-in-the-a$$ prison and a $500,000 fine. Of course Mr. Banach's lawyer claims he was just having some fun.

Banach's lawyer, Gina Mendola-Longarzo, said authorities' use of a provision of the USA Patriot Act to charge her client was bogus. She said Banach is "your average guy, a family man" who was simply playing around with the hand-held device on his back deck with his young daughter.

Well Mr. Banach, I hope you had fun. Where in the world did you get the idea of hanging out in the back yard with your daughter lighting up passing aircraft with a laser was a good idea? In this time of Global Terrorism, I have no sympathy for a moron who thinks crap like this is just harmless fun.