ClickBack this week sought Editorial Page reader comments on the controversial policy by the Transportation Security Administration to require travelers using some airports to pass through electronic body-imaging devices or be subject to a pat-down.
TSA pat-downs — security gone too far?
One guy decides to be a jerk and complain and all of a sudden this becomes a national agenda. This guy was looking for his 15 minutes of fame and he got it. I would be willing to bet that next time he tries to board a plane he will go through the pat-down or scanners with no problem because he will be wanting to get to where he needs to go.
It’s unfortunate that we live in a world in which one’s privacy has to be infringed upon to provide us all with safety, but like it or not, that is exactly where we are at. If it can happen once, twice, it can and will happen many more times. If you are so uncomfortable with this type of infringement on your privacy, simply find other means of transportation. But don’t waste the media’s or taxpayers time whining about something that has been put in place to make you safe.
Now for those that have had trouble with unfriendly or ignorant TSA agents, as has been reported, then that is something TSA needs to improve upon no differently than any business that has bad employees.
Window dressing, that’s all this is. If the terrorists wanted to they could easily smuggle in handheld missile launchers that could bring down a bunch of airliners simultaneously across the nation.
What we are being subjected to along with the rest of the world is allowing a handful of terrorists, with no real manifesto, nation or even printed demands that would satisfy them, running us all ragged. Let the sane world unite in hunting these individuals down and eliminate them.
Let us stop being so sensitive. Profile! If we are being terrorized by little old ladies blowing up airplanes, then let us profile them.
There are quite a few issues with the way we do security at our airports. First and foremost, we should be doing profiling. Second, with the way they are doing security there is a much larger crowd at the terminal than there ever has been. A terrorist could do far more damage by bringing a bomb into a terminal at JFK and never have to get through a checkpoint.
What we are going through at this point is frighteningly like 1930s Germany. People who do not take a stand against this are fools and sheep and they do not deserve the protections the Declaration of Independence affords them. On top of that, have people seriously not seen that these images are not destroyed as they are telling us? There are already websites popping up with some pictures.
Once upon a time, there was a free, open country called the U.S.A. Then some jerks flew a couple of planes into buildings in an attempt to restrain our freedom. They succeeded beyond their wildest dreams.
I no longer cross the border, I no longer fly anywhere, and if the government would allow it, I’d sacrifice my Social Security retirement if they would remove my number. My Representative’s office told me I have no right to make that deal, even though the government changed the contract after I agreed to it. My Social Security card, issued in 1961, clearly states “Not for use as identification.”
Now when the uproar over this tempest-in-a-teapot du jour causes the administration to bow to political correctness and back off, the terrorists will exploit the vulnerability. That’s the nature of their business; watch for a chink in the armor and exploit it. And then, of course, the public will scream about how they’re not being protected. Catch-22 at its finest.