Catholic Online has a sane editorial on the new ogle or grope enhanced airport screening. H/T Mark Shea.
“3 year-old girls are not the enemy. 7 year-old boys are not the enemy. Elderly nuns in full habit are not the enemy. The overwhelming majority of people in the United States are not the enemy. The enemy, by and large, is Muslim men. But since the current administration won’t even name the enemy, let alone employ security measures that actually target the enemy, now every American citizen is treated as the enemy.
The fact is, if we’re only finding the chemical explosives hidden in a potential bomber’s underwear while he’s standing in security surrounded by hundreds of other passengers, then we’re finding out too late. We’ve already failed.
Profiling is not a dirty word
We will never be secure if we are unwilling to do the logical, necessary, perfectly reasonable act of profiling. That must be the first step in determining if someone poses a security threat. As a law-abiding citizen, I have nothing to hide or fear. I would much rather have someone digging into my profile than into my pants.
El Al is widely held up as the model of how to achieve airport security. The Israelis have successfully kept their people and their planes safe from terrorist attacks and they’ve done it without requiring naked full-body images, reaching inside passenger’s clothing or groping people’s genitals.” Read the entire post, Security or Unreasonable Search? Stop Treating Americans Like Suspected Terrorists.
It is beyond political correctness that the US does not profile every passenger. It is beyond stupid.