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December 27, 2009

Not much faith in TSA these days

I bet Tiger Woods is glad the attempted Northwest Airlines flight 253 to Detroit made the headlines- maybe it will take the heat off him for a while. I am a little pissed, however, at the people who let Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab get on the damn plane in the first place. All the signs were there that this extremist lunatic should not be outside a cemetery let alone an airplane.

Let's list them:

1. He was on a terrorist watch list.
2. His own father  warned U.S. officials.
3. He probably looks similar to this asshole who tried to blow up an airplane with a shoe bomb back in 2001.

Richard Reid- Now convicted of 9 charges and Al Qaeda trained. Translation: He will sit in prison for the rest of his life as a drain on our tax system, much like unwed teenage mothers except Reid can't get knocked up when the boys come-a-callin'.

I would like to address the previous points above and why we dodged a bullet with this latest attempt to disrupt the American way of life. First and foremost, that plane landed safely because of the stupidity of a wanna-be terrorist and his subpar bomb making skills (plus a little bit of luck). It was most certainly NOT because of the diligence of the TSA, Homeland Security, and the other agencies who knew of this asshat and LET HIM ON AN AIRPLANE.

Which brings me to my next point: Why was he on a suspected terrorist list but NOT on a No-Fly list? That is similar to a suspected pedophile working at Chuck E. Cheese who is allowed to lock and "clean" the bathrooms with children still in there.

My last point hovers on the politically incorrect process of racial profiling. The NW #253 retarded airline bomber is Nigerian and doesn't really look like Reid, whom I would have had searched and harassed every time he tried to fly (if I was the King of Flight Security). There are pros and cons to racial profiling for airport security and the cons usually fall under the ill "feelings" of the process. I can sympathize with this to some degree.

Most people who come to this country do so because this country rocks. They leave their homelands for a variety of reasons as diverse as the people themselves- freedom of choice, fleeing a festering poop bucket of a country, economic and labor opportunities, etc. I get it, I really do. But we live in a new world where Americans have to balance our freedoms with the restrictions that tighter security brings. 2001 rocked our world but us silly Americans are finally just catching up to the rest of the world that has had to deal with Muslim extremists on a sometimes daily basis.

The antithesis is a broad stroke of sweeping profiling. It is hard to argue with the results of racial profiling and the safety record of countries that do so with respect to their airline safety records. Israeli airline El Al racially profiles like it is going out of style. Are you an Arab between the ages of 17 and 35? Expect to be pulled out of line and frisked to the point of intimacy. El Al hasn't had a hijacking in 30 years; It is hard to argue with those results.

I am all for racial profiling but I am a typical white guy that does not fall into any terrorist profile- it wouldn't affect me if TSA sacked up and started the process. But I do I get angry when my 6 year old son and wife are pulled out for extra screening and the Richard Reid look-a-like passes through unabated, yet another successful security layer peeled away by the politically correct crowd. It would hurt the feelings of 99.9% of the people who were profiled in airport screenings and that .1% risk doesn't justify the extra scrutiny.

So there has to be a balance here in this country and I'm all for it. I get to the airport no less than 2-3 hours so I can be ready for the screening. At this point, that is all we can do- beef up the security screenings and x-rays, install bomb sniffing machines and employ more dogs, grab someone at random and stick 2 fingers into their rectum, tighter checks with security agencies, etc.

Getting back to this latest failed dastardly deed, though, heads should roll and asses should burn. I can't even imagine what would be going on in the media and at TSA, HLS, et al. if the plane actually did blow up. Where is the outrage and the finger pointing? An "attempt" should garner the same reactions as a successfully executed plot to kill Americans on our own soil.

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