Secretary of Homeland Security Napolitano cites the attempted Christmas Day bombing of an American airliner last year as the rationale for the new scanning procedures. Let's follow her logic. On Dec. 25, 2009, a young Muslim Nigerian named Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab traveled through security. He then boarded an airplane from Amsterdam to Detroit, and then took a quick trip to the bathroom, where he stuffed plastic explosives up his posterior. He then returned to the cabin and injected the plastic explosive with triacetone triperoxide. The bomb didn't go off, and he ended up with a scorched set of Rocky Mountain oysters.
Napolitano's solution to this problem: Send 621 million passengers through full-body scanners and then have could-be-perverts grab their butts.
I'll make Napolitano a deal: I'll accept her new security measures if she applies those same security measures to those illegally crossing our southern border.
The irony of all this is that it won't make us safer. Not one whit. So long as we treat nuns and imams the same way at the security gate, we're doomed to failure. You can't find bombs when you search 621 million passengers; they could be hidden anywhere, including Abdulmutallab's secret favorite spot. Terrorists already know how to beat this system. The scanners don't pick up what's inside body cavities. They don't make our luggage screening system any better (seriously, is there anyone in the United States who hasn't accidentally passed a pocketknife, nail clipper or Mace through security?). All this does is overload the system even further so that by the time our intrepid and steadfast TSA agents examine Muslims, they're so tired of prodding and poking that they do a cursory job.
Barack Obama and Janet Napolitano are so used to putting their hands in our pockets they can't understand why we'd object to them moving a few inches south. But we do object. Political correctness not only irks, it kills. If they get their way, planes will still be blown out of the sky. Here's the good news: At least less Americans will die, because fewer of us will be on those planes in the first place.
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