Ed Feulner

3) “High-risk” ones we either know nothing about, or who raise red flags.

Each group would receive a different level of screening. The “low-risk” ones would get something like what was in place before 9/11. The “ordinary” passengers would go through the system put in place right after that infamous attack. Those classified as “high-risk” would be questioned closely and undergo a more rigorous security check. As an added layer of security, members of the first two groups would be subject to random checks that would be more thorough.

There’s no way that such a system could be worse than what we have now, with its ludicrous restrictions on “profiling.” We do ourselves no favors by acting as if, say, a small child from Missouri or a nun from Iowa is as likely to be a terrorist as someone from Yemen. Certain “home-grown” terrorists are possible, yes, but they would fall into the high-risk group.

Besides, we’re already profiling. Pilots, flight attendants, cabinet secretaries, top congressional leaders and other senior officials are exempt from the new screening procedures. If all pose an equal threat, why the free pass for these individuals?

Enough. It’s time to admit that the TSA emperor is as naked as the offensive body scans being inflicting on every grandmother who flies. Trash the scanners, fire the TSA and stop pretending everyone’s an equal threat. It’s a costly lie.

Ed Feulner

Dr. Edwin Feulner is Founder of The Heritage Foundation, a Townhall.com Gold Partner, and co-author of Getting America Right: The True Conservative Values Our Nation Needs Today .
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