Weak, The Sick, The Infirm, and Other Likely Terrorists
many other LRC readers, Iíve read with interest Joe
Sobranís recent articles on his adventures with airport security
forces.† I thought that readers may be interested to know that itís
not just shady-looking characters like Mr. Sobran who are getting
insanity of non-discrimination in airport security policy is reaching
new heights, as my wife and I found when we recently flew from New
York to Rochester, Minnesota.
wife is petite, with blonde hair and blue eyes.† She looks about
as much like a terrorist as Osama Bin Laden looks like a country
singer.† Unfortunately, she made the mistake of packing a ďlargeĒ
nail clipper [gasp!] in her carry-on bag.† As a result, we got to
experience the same routine as Mr. Sobran and so many others since
9-11: patiently waiting while every pocket and compartment in her
bag was searched.
things really got interesting on the return flight.† Rochesterís
claim to fame is that it is home to the Mayo Clinic.† Many of the
people who travel to Rochester do so because they need treatment
for some type of illness at Mayo.
ears first perked up when I overheard a woman, clearly at least
in her eighties, saying that security had confiscated her nail file.†
She wasnít upset, but she seemed shocked that things had come to
we prepared to board, I looked over toward the line and saw another
woman, also probably close to eighty, in a wheelchair.† She was
slumped over, with a glazed look in her eyes.† It was hard to tell
if she knew what was going on around her.† Yet security had taken
her aside, thoroughly searching through her bags, nicely unpacking
her clothes and displaying them for all to see.† It was embarrassing.
on line, we saw another woman, this one probably in her sixties.†
I did not know the nature of her ailment, but she leaned heavily
on her walker, and her movement was very slow.† She received the
same royal treatment.
with a brain and at least one functioning eye could take a look
at my wife, or any of the three women above, and know beyond any
doubt that they are obviously not terrorists.† While you may not
be able to tell that someone is a terrorist by simply looking
at them, you can certainly tell that some are not terrorists
at a glance.† Just take another look at a picture
of the 9/11 terrorists.† Notice any blonde women?† Any elderly
women?† Any wheelchair-bound women?
seem to have passively accepted these intrusions, by assuming that
all this is necessary for our safety.† But by failing to discriminate
(yes, discriminate) between likely and non-likely terrorists, the
baggage-checkers are more likely to miss someone who poses a real
threat.† For this reason, these measures make us less safe, not
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