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Ralph Peters: Toothpaste Ban on Flights to Russia is 'Overkill'

By Bill Hoffmann   |   Thursday, 06 Feb 2014 07:42 PM

Banning liquids and toothpaste on flights to Russia in a bid to stop terrorism at the Winter Olympics is a case of overkill, retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters says.

"It's on the verge of being too much. When the underwear bomber tried to blow up a plane, did we ban people wearing underwear? I almost feel that we have to be more realistic and accept the fact that, in the real world, there is some risk," Peters told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV Thursday.

"Air travel is amazingly safe, I want inspection to continue, I want the TSA to do its job, but at some point we've got to stop trying to fight terrorism by humiliating law abiding citizens."

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Peters, a Fox News Channel strategic analyst and author of the war novel "Hell or Richmond," said Russia has been very uncooperative on security matters in this Olympics.

"It's like 'Dr. Strangelove.' They're afraid we'll see the big board," he said, referring to Stanley Kubrick's classic Cold War satire movie.

"Russian paranoia is absolutely without bound, without any bottom to it, and we genuinely would like to help on security, and there's been some limited cooperation information sharing, but precious little.

So the short answer . . . is this toothpaste stuff clearly came from intercepted intelligence, whether online or a phone conversation, the stuff that NSA does and gets criticized for."

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