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Sunday, March 16, 2008

End of an Era

A few days ago I found out that my 100 year old Grandmother, whose birthday party I attended in early February, has pancreatic cancer. She's not expected to last beyond today. So I've been distracted and offline for awhile.

Yesterday (the "Ides of March") I was on my way to give a speech on security and international cultural blunders that cost us both politically and business wise when I saw the strangest sight. At the corner of Space Center and NASA Parkway, on the edge of NASA's vast complex, a van had plowed into the chain link fence FROM THE INSIDE. It raises a security concern, in my mind, about threats to our space center.

What was the vehicle doing trying to get OUT of NASA, in a section that is undeveloped and doesn't have a real road? I've been trying to talk to them about a way to protect them from a car or truck bomber.

Had this been a car bomb instead of whatever strange incident it was, a lot of lives of highly trained, irreplaceable specialists could have been lost.

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