Wednesday, 17. February 2010 8:34
The insanity of political correctness never ends.
Think back to September 11, 2001. The men who flew airplanes into the World Trade Center, into the Pentagon, and into the ground were all fundamentalist Islamic terrorists. The immediate concern of all Americans, especially those who spend their lives on airplanes, was national security. The government took over control of the airport security scanners, multiplied the number of security personnel at each airport, and banned scissors and box cutters from airplanes.
No problem, right?
Then came the “Shoe Bomber”, another radical Muslim extremist who was anxious to visit Allah and the 72 virgins who would be waiting for him in his next life. After his failed attempt and capture, the airlines recognized that terrorists could hide bomb-making materials in their shoes. Regulations in the airports once again changed for everyone, now requiring folks, including the elderly who can barely reach their toes, to take off their shoes and put liquids into small plastic baggies for inspection.
This caused even more hassles and longer lines.
On Christmas Day, we had the ‘Panty Bomber’, the radical Islamic terrorist who tried to blow up an airplane by putting explosives in his underwear. Our government seemed stunned that this man would get by their stiff security without putting his liquids in a small baggie.
You see, the rules are clear- take off your shoes, take off your belt, take your computer out of its case, put small amounts of liquid in plastic bags, take all metal off of your body, and go through a metal detector. It’s unheard of that someone who was trying to blow up an airplane wouldn’t comply with these simple rules.
Everyone else does……right?
Why would a terrorist skirt the rules?
What’s a government to do? Well, as usual, the brilliant minds of airport security have gotten together and decided that there is a “simple” solution- full body scanners.
Yup, that’s right. Everyone who is traveling on an airplane will be subjected to a full body scanner, an image machine which virtually “undresses” you, allowing security personnel to see if you have bomb-making material hidden in your bra or underwear. They claim that this is NOT an invasion of privacy. If you choose not to have a body scan, a security personnel member will simply give you a full-body “pat down”.
This is all so much easier than profiling, isn’t it?
Now in a strange, expected, twist of events, CNSNews reports that Muslim clerics are warning their followers that these scanners defy the teachings of their faith. “The Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) emphasizes that a general and public use of such scanners is against the teachings of Islam, natural law and all religions and cultures that stand for decency and modesty,” the group said in a Feb. 10 statement posted at Islam Online.
“It is a violation of clear Islamic teachings that men or women be seen naked by other men and women,” FCNA explained. The group noted that Islam emphasizes modesty, considering it part of the faith. “The Qur’an has commanded the believers, both men and women, to cover their private parts” and to be modest in their dress.”
The group says Muslim travelers “should choose pat-down searches over scanner images – in cases where searches are necessary.”
In cases where searches are necessary.…..?
You can see where this is going.
Many of these Muslim groups will tell their followers to refuse the full body scanners because of religious reasons. They will opt for a “pat down”, which cannot reveal the level of detail that the scanners can. Even these “pat downs” will be legally questioned by the Muslims, especially in women who are supposed to keep themselves covered and modest. Aggressive “pat downs” will be considered “excessive.”
Patting down a modest woman in a burka can’t be an easy task.
In essence, the radical Muslims, the group of people who we are so careful not to profile, the only group who has tried to blow up planes- forcing us to install airport scanners for security- are going to be the same folks who don’t use them.
The rest of us will be exposed to radiation and humiliation as we walk through the scanners, but the terrorists will get a simple “pat down”, which, of course, can’t reveal liquids stored in an anal cavity or the vagina. It also can’t reveal bombs implanted in breast implants.
Yes, that’s right. It has been reported that a few women in the Mideast have had bombs implanted into their breasts. I imagine the same could be done for men, with bombs implanted into their private parts or even under their skin.
If, God forbid, that happens, will all women be forced to get full gynecological exams before boarding a flight? Will men have to turn their heads and cough?
Through all of this, law-abiding Americans will line up, take off our shoes, take off our belts, take out our computers, take off our jewelry, take the leg braces off of our disabled children, and walk through body scanners- letting security personnel get a good look at our naked bodies- and somehow feel safer.
We profess that we want freedom, yet we allow the government to steal that freedom with every new law that’s enacted. Full body scanners will not stop Muslim extremists more effectively than taking off our shoes did, nor will they stop terrorists more effectively than banning knitting needles did.
Radicals are radical. Terrorists find a way to inflict terror. Obstacles don’t stop extremists; they make them more ingenious.
The only way to keep our airplanes safe is to follow Israel’s lead.
Profile, profile, profile.
No naked pictures, no liquids in baggies…heck, keep your shoes on.
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