How to End Humiliating TSA Screening & Patdowns: Profile
by P.A. Madison on November 22nd, 2010
I’m afraid overbearing domestic airport security is really not about serious domestic threats to airline safety but more about modern liberal political correctness that says profiling is wrong. Because profiling would be considered a greater tragedy then what occurred on 9/11 by Civil and Human Rights Activists, everyone is left to equally endure the humiliation of full-body screening and painful boarding delays.
President Obama has stated the government’s case as:
At this point, the Transportation Security Administration, in consultation with our counter-terrorism experts, have indicated to me that the procedures that they’ve been putting in place are the only ones right now that they consider to be effective against the kind of threat that we saw in the Christmas Day bombing.
What Obama didn’t say was the Christmas day bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, aka the “Underwear bomber,” was a Muslim Nigerian citizen whose flight did not originate domestically but from overseas.
Proper domestic airline security should revolve around focusing on the prime suspects who would have a high statistical likelihood of having been exposed to a doctrine of self-sacrifice to please Allah and the rewards in the hereafter for mass murder. These suspects can include Muslims traveling within the United States on passports; anyone caught using fake documents, naturalized citizens from such countries as Pakistan, those who travel or communicate to countries that are known to have groups that recruit and teach suicide bombers, etc.
Profile of Prime Suspects
Mohamed Atta, one of the 9/11 hijackers, wrote to himself in a document called “The Last Night” to be “optimistic, calm, because you are heading for a deed God loves and will accept. It will be the day, God willing, you spend with the women of paradise.” It is pointed out to would be Muslim terrorists that the Quran “promises virgins” when they die fighting infidels in jihad. Both the 9/11 hijackers and transatlantic sky terror plot members left behind martyrdom videotapes with the common theme of “sacrificing life for Allah.”
While religion plays an important part in recruiting and motivating suicidal murders, it is not always the exclusive underlying cause behind suicidal killings. Generally other causes are involved such as political desperation and local tradition of resistance. Mixing the custom of resistance with religious fervor is an explosive mixture to be on the lookout for.
I’m not aware off hand of any local American religious cults or groups, who recruit, teach and train one in suicidal murder of innocents for religious purposes or political desperation. Some might bring up the name Timothy McVeigh, but he was more interested in self-preservation than self-sacrifice which explains why he didn’t remain inside the Ryder truck when it exploded. In other words, McVeigh was never a threat of boarding an airline to commit suicide to please Allah.
Since there is no American organized threat of promoting, teaching and executing mass airline murder through suicide (as evidenced by the lack of suicide bombings in American cities), profiling only for would be suicidal killers is a very viable solution. Prime suspects to closely examine would be any Muslim or person traveling on a passport, foreign students from certain countries, etc.
Profiling is Effective and Works
When the future “shoe bomber” Richard Reid decided to fly in July 2001 from Amsterdam to Israel, El Al security personnel quickly selected him for profiling included close examination from head to toe with x-ray scanning of his shoes. El Al was so suspicious of Reid they put him close to an armed sky marshal, who was instructed to keep a close watch on him.
Israeli security policy is to question all passengers travelling to and from Israel by security staff with the process taking only a few minutes for Israelis themselves that includes simple questions such as if they packed their own luggage and if anyone else could had access to it. Non-Jewish travellers receive more thorough questioning and searches. Passengers who are here on visas, passports or have been to flagged countries in last 10 years should be the ones arriving an hour or two before departure.
As horrendous as the left will make profiling sound (they will argue amounts to racism), no doubt such criticism is a result of the liberal policy of transforming the American identity to one of a global multicultural society where racial sensitivities flourish.
Would profiling pass rational court tests?
A 2003 case involving John Cerqueira, a Portuguese, who was escorted off a jetliner and questioned by police for two hours because American Airlines personnel thought his dark hair and olive complexion made him look Middle Eastern. Cerqueira sued American Airlines for discrimination and won. An appeals court in Boston reversed that decision, and the Supreme Court refused to examine the reversal.
In conclusion, subjecting every domestic American passenger who obviously profiles way outside of that of a trained, religiously motivated suicidal bomber to rigid security measures is both unnecessary and waste of resources. The same amount of security against suicide threats can be maintained by carefully profiling those who have the greater likelihood of having been recruited and trained in suicidal killings instead of everyday Americans going about their typical business. Those who might be mistaken for a suspect class do not warrant forcing everyone to undergo invasive searches in order they may be viewed as non-arbitrary.