News: More TSA Developments
First, let’s look at this quote “Airlines are being warned by the government that terrorists are considering surgically hiding bombs inside humans to evade airport security” [Emphasis added, – C,tA.]
The same government that has such stellar success rates in the past. But, for sake of argument, let us assume that the threat is a credible one. If this is the case, let us examine the possible MO of the terrorists and the “they hate us because we’re free” meme of the early 2000s.
First we had the shoe bomber, who placed an explosive in the soles of his shoes. As a result, we must now all remove our shoes and send them through the x-ray machines. Then we had the underwear bomber, who only set his nether-regions on fire, but we must either get groped or have nude photos taken of us with machines with questionable safety. Now, we allegedly have the “hiding things in his ass bomber” and god knows what the security procedure for that will look like.
So, each successive attempt shows us several things.:
1.) An individual can always outsmart a system.
2.) Systems are generally reactive in nature, not pro-active.
3.) TSA’s focus is on passenger-born threats, not those of employees, groundcrew, contractors, etc.
Now, If I were in charge of security at the TSA, you can bet your britches that this looks to me like a huge hole in security; an entirety myopic approach, which is dangerous. Of course, there are simpler solution, but ones which will never happen. Imagine that you could take a course in Close Quarter Combat Shotgun held by the best private teachers in the nation and the Air Marshals. After 120 hours of instruction, range time, background screening, etc. You are listed as “Volunteer Airline Security.” You get a 25% discount on all of your tickets, and after security screening, you’re handed one of these, loaded with beanbags our some sort of safety round. Or, a handgun with safety rounds and the old Federal Air Marshal Firearms Qualification Course. Now, we have a corps of non-uniformed, trained civilians to backup Air Marshals, or take their place in the event of an incident.
Now, on to the “they hate us because we’re free” meme, which I hope has about run its course. If it ever was in fact in true, the problem should be solved, because we are far from free, at least when we have the audacity to travel. Not even King George had the gall to try this level of tyrannical nonsense.
On top of that, since TSA’s VIPR teams will be operating at soft targets like sporting events, bridges (?), and malls, imagine what we have to look forward to next?
I have a feeling it’s not that TSA will suddenly get religion on the Bill of Rights.