Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Why Searching Airline Passengers Can’t stop Airline Bombing And Terror
Imagine that you’ve been given an assignment. Bring 1 ½ pounds of simulated C-4 plastic explosive, blasting cap and a battery onto an Airplane. You will be rewarded by the government with $10,000.00 every time you can do this without getting caught.
For those who don’t know C-4 pictured above is merely a chemical compound that could be manufactured by anyone with a basic knowledge of chemistry. It you’re smart enough to make the illicit street drug meth, you’re also smart enough to make C-4 explosive.
I’d like that job because I know I could successfully pull that feat off once or twice per day, always avoiding detection. I’d also want to make sure that the materials are inert so there’s no danger should the materials somehow fall into the wrong hands.
If a reasonably smart person researched this they too could easily defeat the TSA and commit mass murder in the process. We are in fact at the mercy of those who would do us harm.
If someone wanted to place the C-4 on an airplane with a timing device and manage to not be on the plane when it is set off I’m certainly confident they could do that too. Thankfully, few people would ever want to harm innocent people for any reason.
You’d only have to defeat the sensitive vapor sniffing equipment and k-9s used by the TSA. You can pack the C-4 and blasting cap so that it would be unrecognizable sail through the checkpoints. It’s easy if you know what you’re doing.
Wardens of maximum security prisons can’t keep weapons out of prisons where total strip searches are done redundantly. How then can the TSA keep the tools of terror out of our airports? The answer is they can’t beat the determined and sophisticated terrorist with the program they spent billions on creating.
The only effective tool for preventing terrorism is criminal profiling and keeping foreigners from unfriendly countries off of our planes. Our government refuses to use the only screening process that will work.
Virtual strip searches, handcuffing passengers to their seats can’t stop terrorism. The only value of the TSA program is the illusion of security that fools passengers into thinking terrorism is somehow either slowed or halted. The TSA is a make work, jobs program, nothing more.
We'd do a lot better if we'd let off duty cops fly free if they are armed and carry hancuffs.