Listen very carefully Mr. President: You’re on the wrong side of this.
Obama said he’s told the U.S. Transportation Security Administration: “You have to constantly refine and measure whether what we’re doing is the only way to assure the American people’s safety. And you also have to think through, are there ways of doing it that are less intrusive.”
At this point, that agency and counterterrorism experts have told him that the current procedures are the only ones that they think can effectively guard against threats such as last year’s attempted Christmas-day bombing. A Nigerian man is accused of trying to set off a bomb hidden in his underwear aboard a flight from Amsterdam with nearly 300 people aboard.
Mr. President. Let’s get something clear here.
First: That Nigerian boarded a flight into the US without a passport. He did so because someone from our Government overrode the protocol requiring that he have one, like everyone else. But for that act, which someone in your government took, he couldn’t have gotten on the plane.
Second: He was on a watch list. He had been reported as a possible threat and was coming from a high-risk nation. Had he presented his passport he likely would have been denied boarding.
Third: The bad guys already have figured out how to stick a bomb up their ass. Such a device will not be detected by the “full body” X-ray machines nor by an “aggressive” custody search. Therefore, the claimed procedure is worthless.
Fourth: The latest attempt was in a toner cartridge. You’re not seriously suggesting that a terrorist is going to surreptitiously shove a laster printer toner cartridge down his pants, are you?
El-Al gets this right. Instead of trying to stop bombs, they focus on stopping terrorists.
Metal detectors and profiling – aggressive profiling – are more than enough. Such procedures have kept El-Al explosion-free – entirely – along with being hijacking-free.
Forcing a woman to remove a prosthetic breast and display it to a TSA screener is both idiotic and demeaning. So is grabbing people’s crotches and feeling up their breasts.
En route home through Charlotte, our 6 year old son was subjected to an aggressive pat down by a female TSA employee. He was pleading for me to help him and I was admonished for trying to comfort him. His genitals area was groped. He walked down to the plane in tears. When the stewardess asked why he was crying, I explained my frustration and I was further admonished for not being more compliant.
More compliant? A six year old is accosted by your goon squad in a fashion that would be chargeable as a a felony sexual assault if committed by a member of the public and the TSA and airline staff want his parents to be “more compliant”?
I have three words in response to that: Go To Hell.
“One of the most frustrating aspects of this fight against terrorism is that it has created a whole security apparatus around us that causes huge inconvenience for all of us,” Obama said.
One of the most-frustrating part of this “fight against terrorism” is that you are 3,000 times more likely to die in an automobile crash on the way to the airport than you are due to terrorism during the flight and yet your administration is demanding that we suffer strip searches and gropes to get on the plane.
The American people have seen through the ruse Mr. President and we’re tired of your, Napolitano’s and Pistole’s crap.
Out of nearly 75,000 votes in a Reuters poll, 96% say they will alter travel plans and not fly.
I’m done with airports and airplanes – and the money I would spend both on the flights and at the destinations where I would otherwise travel – until you put a permanent stop to this.
I’m not alone in this either, as you can see from the poll.
You want to stick to this position? Fine.
The American People will put the airline and travel-related leisure business OUT OF BUSINESS.
It’s our money and we’re not going to spend it on being sexually assaulted by your goon squad.
END OF DISCUSSION.