If you have 10 people lined up and one of them is carrying a bomb, how does random selection improve your chances of catching that 1 person without using some measure of discretionary selection procedure? It hasn’t been a 71-year-old white guy or a 3-year-old child that was a terrorist threat to our security. Go with the odds if we are going to be acting in the name of safety!
In every way possible, these screenings are illegal on the grounds of Constitutional law alone. They are a clear violation of the 4th Amendment…
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.
We have to address the reality of the situation. Early on after 9-11, we were no longer allowed nail clippers onboard. After the shoe bomber, everyone had to take off their shoes. After the failed chemical mixing attempts, we were limited to 3oz of liquids in carry-on. After the underwear bomber, look where we are. What’s next if they decide to conceal a bomb internally? If they stick the explosive up their rear-ends, are we going to be subjected to full cavity searches?
We, as Americans have acquiesced to every whim of security measure possible in the notion of airline security. Let’s remember a few things here… The numerous attacks and attempts have all been committed by members of Islamic terrorist groups with certain identifiable traits, either in the booking of their tickets, their names, or their appearances. That will help to narrow down the selection process significantly and certainly removes the so-called randomness that the TSA says is the way to do this.
As an example of security measures that work, one simply has to look at El-Al Airlines from Israel. Surely we all recognize that Israel is under greater threat than we are. Yet they have not had near the successful or near successful attempts on their airlines that we have… wonder why? They have a strict security program in which they target the buying of tickets, the names of the fliers, or the appearance of the fliers as reasons for questioning them further. Profiling in the name of security yet not racially motivated… it’s based on the facts of the recognizable threat. If you have NOTHING to hide, then you have no reason to fear questioning or be angry that you were selected, especially if you remember who the attackers were. I’m sorry if your name sets off concerns… don’t blame the security, blame the people who sullied your name’s reputation.
Speaking of the TSA, it is a government agency. The airlines are a private industry. Shouldn’t the airlines be addressing the security measures themselves? Or at least have an overriding say in the security measures because the airplanes that are destroyed are their property…?
These “security measures” fail to provide security by virtue of random selection and are carried out by a government agency who is comandeering a private industry’s responsibility. Being that it is a government agency and the government is “for the people, by the people” and our Constitution starts with “We The People”, shouldn’t the voice of the citizens have a weight in the matter?
To force the fliers into an “enhanced pat-down” because the potentially dangerous scanner detects something like a prosthetic breast on a cancer survivor or a metal knee on a 70 year old man is unconscionable. To further enforce these procedures with the threat of a $11,000 fine for failure to comply and detaining that person lest they wish to face that fine, is Unconstitutional and illegal in every way possible. These are the hallmarks of communism when the government can exert control over it’s citizens for the sake of what the government feels is security. Who is secure when the 71-year-old is patted down while Mohammed Atta boards a plane with an explosive compound stuck in his rear because “randomness” just didn’t come up when he walked right through security?