Looks like my recent post, TSA: Doing Nothing ... Instead of Something
, struck a chord with one lunatic. Looks like he did a drive-by and left a copy-and-paste rant from his website.
I stand by my statement support full screening of passengers boarding commercial flights. After being made a villain over it let me restate my position.
We are dealing with factions of tourists groups that will not hesitate to use any and all means at their disposal to kill Americans; including the weaponization of children.
My disagreement yesterday with on twitter @victoria_29 , lead to her calling me a child molester because I said even children should be screen when boarding a flight. I stand by my statement.
If you have never dealt first hand with these people you do not know what they are capable of and maybe you should drive or walk because I do not want you on a plane. Yes, we need better screening methods, HOWEVER we must Have Screening.
GOD Bless you if you have never traveled abroad or fought in a combat zone were children and the other innocents are used BUT do not stand in judgment of those of us who have and know what can and will happen if we allow it.
All passengers boarding a commercial flight should be screened
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
- Mr. Samples, in a comment on the post
Seems Mr. Samples is making the age-old mistake of confusing feelings with reality. There are two big assumptions he is making in his comment, both of which are actually not true:
Assumption 1: Terrorism is easy
Assumption 2: The screening provided by the TSA is effective.
Let's look at the first assumption: Terrorism is easy. From what Mr. Samples has said, I'm guessing his view of terrorism is something like this:
1. Hate the infidels and wish them dead
2. Call for jihad!
4. Weaponized children dropping planes from the sky.
Now, I'll agree that in some parts of the world, this may very well be true. Areas where radical versions of Islam are used to poison the minds of children and where abject poverty is the rule rather than the exception. In these areas, yes, I could imagine that is not difficult to recruit men, women, and children into doing horrible things with the promise of money or 72 virgins in the afterlife. On the other hand, here in the United States, there is no easy crucible in which to foment the hatred and desperation which are necessary for men, women, and children to commit such acts of barbarism - not in a country where even the poor have flat screens and cell phones.
No - in order to accomplish their goals, these men have to be imported from the other side of the world. They must be extremely desperate and loyal men. Men who can resist the temptations and the easy living that they'll find here. These men have to be heavily indoctrinated and well trained in order to accomplish their mission before the vast luxuries we take for granted can corrupt them.
None of this is easy or cheap or quick. And this is one of the main reasons we have experienced relatively few attacks on our country.
Assumption #2, that the TSA provides effective screening, is even easier to refute. How many stories have we heard about people getting knives
, and yet more guns
through security. And now they're going Full Monty and rolling out the body scanning systems. Unfortunately:
* Airport body scanners would be "unlikely" to detect many of the explosive devices used by terrorist groups, a Tory MP has warned.
* Generally, the machines can't find items stashed in a body cavity. So the scanners wouldn't stop at least one common smuggling method used by drug traffickers.
The TSA as an actual security apparatus is a farce. They do not effectively screen passengers and, as a result, do not make the skies any safer. The only methods that have resulted in any improved security are government intelligence operations and passengers fighting back. Intelligence operations discovered and stopped the "liquid bombers". Passengers stopped the "shoe" bomber and the "underwear" bomber. There are better ways for us to spend the millions of dollars we flush down the TSA toilet every year and none of them involve groping children
or playing Peeping Tom.
Mr. Samples closed out his rant with a quote from the Constitution and I shall do the same.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
And here is Mr. McGowan, former Assistant TSA Administrator, agreeing that the TSA is violating the Fourth Amendment:
Hat tips to Alan