I won’t be flying in the US anytime soon.
The new rules on screening by the Transporation Safety Administration, a branch of the Department of Homeland Security, has implemented new body scanning machines. These machines can give a complete scan of your body to check if you’re carrying something. Anyone opting out of the scan will be subjected to an enhanced “pat down”, which involves touching certain parts of the body.
Here’s what I have a problem with. These machines are basically used in hospitals. They have high doses of radiation generated. No one knows for sure how much. That’s all that needs to be said. But what about the enhanced “pat downs”?
Not needed!! All you need is highly trained security people.
Example, Israel hasn’t had a hijacking of an El-Al jet since 1971. Why? Because they look at the profile of every single passenger, and focus on those that may be suspicious for ANY reason whatsoever. They then INTERVIEW the passengers repeatedly, until they are satisfied that they are safe. They do NOT use body scanners or pat people down, which understandably only pisses people off.
Someone explained to me that in 1989, he was interviewed at least five times by different people while in line at the Tel Aviv airport. He had traveled to Israel by bus from Egypt with a female colleague of a different race and they had bought one-way tickets at the airport to get home to Cairo more quickly. Security officials were polite, but relentless.
In the underwear bomber incident, the suspect had no luggage and a one-way ticket from Amsterdam to Detroit paid in cash. No questions asked! IMMEDIATE RED FLAG!!
Now, why can’t the idiots at Homeland Security and TSA consider trying this method in a couple of airports to see how well it works, before wasting hundreds of millions of OUR money on technology no one likes? Why does the US government continue to insist on such huge expenditures of taxpayer money without even beta-testing the technology???? Such fools! What private sector company would do something so STUPID?
The airports are going to be an ABSOLUTE NIGHTMARE next Wedesday. It will inevitably get bloody. I won’t be surprised if riots break out. I fully expect to see National Guardsmen with automatic rifles at every security checkpoint.
They put in the scanners and the invasive groping policy because of the “Underwear Bomber.” They’re always REACTING to the LAST terrorist attempt rather than PREPARING for the NEXT attempt.
Don’t they have someone with an IQ over 100 who is capable of putting him/herself in a terrorist mindset and imagining what they would try next? Why is that so difficult? Why is there such an utter FAILURE OF IMAGINATION?
Rather than targeting ACTUAL terrorist suspects, our federal employees are ABUSING and INSULTING the very people who pay their excessive salaries and benefits.
Because of PC, they treat a blue-haired grandmother from Norway exactly the same as a bearded 26-year-old from Saudi Arabia named Muhammad, dressed in a turban and flowing robes. How outrageous is that? HOW MUCH LONGER ARE WE GOING TO STAND FOR THIS IDIOCY, AMERICA?
Personally, I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!!!! I’ll drive coast-to-coast before I let some bureaucratic fool touch my family jewels!
The TSA is using “national security” as an excuse to intimidate and dominate us. This cannot continue!
It is a slippery slope to ultimate tyranny!
Lost in the discussion is former Homeland Security chief, Michael Chertoff. He touted the need for the new body scanners during and after the end of his tenure in the Bush Administration.
But what he failed to explain was that the Chertoff Group, his security consulting agency, includes a client that manufactures the machines. Chertoff disclosed the relationship on a CNN program Wednesday, in response to a question.
Can you say, conflict of interest?