They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. – Ben Franklin
There are two ways in which failures occur: Knowing that something has to be done but, because the solution isn’t immediately evident, doing nothing, or knowing that something has to be done, but doing something that is completely ineffective.
I call the former a “static clunk”, and the latter a “dynamic clunk.”
Static clunks require no action. For example, if after 9/11 the Bush Administration had said, don’t worry, it’s not likely to happen again and put no airline security measures in place, that would have been a fatal static clunk, because it would have happened again, as we have seen from the numerous attempts at blowing up airliners since that fateful day in 2001.
Dynamic clunks tend to be reactionary. Something has happened, so we will do something … anything … even though it doesn’t address the problem. At least we tried.
So it is with the TSA’s ridiculous mandates for airline security.
Middle Eastern males between the ages of 18 and 40 are continuously trying to blow up passenger liners so the TSA exhibits the epitome of static clunkery by deciding to either take naked pictures of people or fondle every passenger before they board a domestic flight.
Never mind that most attempts at putting bombs on aircraft originate overseas. That 3 year old, who was told by mommy to never to let a stranger touch her, has to be thoroughly patted down, that 80 year old granny’s breasts have to be massaged, and that nun’s crotch has to be groped because she might be hiding something under her habit.
According to Alan Caruba, “The Israelis don’t do this and they have never had an El Al flight hijacked or blown up. Meanwhile, al Qaeda is enjoying the way the Department of Homeland Security has vastly over-reacted to its threat. As many rational observers have pointed out, identifying ARABS and/or MUSLIMS for a closer look is a very good idea.”
But we don’t take that closer look. Instead we allow TSA agents to touch our wives and children in ways that would foster a sexual harassment suit in the workplace and land a pedophile in jail.
Instead of clunkery, we need a proactive approach to airline security. Rather than looking for objects on people’s persons, we need to start looking for bad guys.
Israeli experts have offered to train our TSA personnel in sophisticated profiling methods that are proven to be successful in identifying problematic passengers without intrusive naked photos or groping.
In order to accomplish this, the politically correct idea that profiling is inherently evil has to go, along with the naked photos and the hands in the pants.
But before that can happen there is an important question that has to be asked: How much freedom are Americans willing to forgo in exchange for a minimal amount of security before they realize that they are no longer free?
As for me, if any TSA agent touches my wife’s breasts, I’m gonna call a cop.