Posted tagged ‘security’

Airport Security: Better Ideas

November 30, 2010

After all the outrage over TSA “security theater” these past few weeks and the success of National Opt-Out Day, we need to remember to promote possible solutions rather than just complaining.

With that in mind, here is an excerpt from a great article in Canada Free Press…

The path to safer air travel

It might surprise some people to learn that it takes travelers at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel less than 30 minutes on average to get from the parking lot, through screening and to the boarding area, all without the use of full body scanners or needless groping.  Their system of security is arguably the most effective in the world. They have not had a security breach since 2002 when a passenger mistakenly boarded a flight with a stowed handgun. Even then, that situation ended without incident.

I’ve heard and read all of the arguments that the Israeli security model could not be effectively implemented in the U.S. and Canada due to a wide range of factors, including area and demographics. Baloney. These contentions are merely excuses by people with little or no security experience who are afraid of being accused of bigotry and intolerance, or who stand to make fortunes through the sale and deployment of high tech x-ray devices.

Full article link.

I also say “baloney” to anyone who claims we can’t use the Israeli model here because we have so many more airports, so many more travelers. What? We can’t hire enough people to make up for the larger scale? In case it has escaped anyone, we have MILLIONS of UNEMPLOYED people right now who could use a job! A great many of those unemployed are over 35 and would probably be more than capable of doing the work.

In addition to hiring and training people in the Israeli model, many have asked why we aren’t using bomb-sniffing dogs. Indeed, why not? Apparently, the dogs have proven to be far more accurate and reliable than the billions of dollars spent on machines to do the same thing in Iraq as shown in this video:

Ideally, the whole thing would be left to private enterprise and the free market but let’s be honest. That isn’t going to happen anytime soon. So given the constraint that airport security will remain in FedGov hands for the foreseeable future, it should make one wonder – doesn’t the government want to create jobs? They keep saying they do but when a ripe opportunity to do so appears they look the other way.

It’s almost as if lining someone‘s pockets is more important than finding and using proven and effective security measures.

Is TSA Set to Become Obama’s ‘Civilian National Security Force’?

November 22, 2010

The other day I read that TSA Chief John Pistole wants to take TSA “to the next level” by expanding its reach to rail and subway travel. He said he wants “TSA workers, including 47,000 screeners at 450 airports, to operate as a “national-security, counterterrorism organization, fully integrated into U.S. government efforts.”

 When I was able to see straight again I began to wonder… could this be what Obama had in mind when he called for a “civilian national security force” back in 2008?

“We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”

Will the Blueshirts really become our version of the Brownshirts? I’m beginning to believe that is exactly the plan.

If the people who understand that TSA’s methods violate our constitutional rights are not successful in forcing changes, I am certain we will soon see TSA “security” checkpoints at every form of public transportation, every stadium, arena, major tourist destination and even schools. And at that point the notion of individual liberty will be a thing of the past.