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Primer oficial
Nov 26, 2001
Fellow Brethren,

Security is inefficient, unqualified to recognize a threat, and offensive. Michael Lassiter is my hero(the GA dude that ran down the escalators)!!!!!!! He showed the public how grossly incompetent our security personnel is: Local PD, National Guard, Private Security, and any other agency I left out. POINTLESS! An overweight, 30-something, out-a-shape, football fan eluded all of these "Professionals", please! Maybe we otta let exchange student here on visas be in charge of our security-nevermind they already are in many ways. English is the second language of 90% of the security force at the airport.

I know this is a dead horse, but I feel better.
Telling it like it is.....

From the 3-18-02 issue of TIME magazine:

The Case for Profiling
Why random searches of airline travelers are a useless charade
Monday, Mar. 18, 2002
The latest airport-security scandal is the groping of female flight attendants and passengers during patdowns. Not to worry. The Transportation Security Administration chief is right on it. "We're going to fix that right away," he said recently, announcing the appointment of an ombudsman.
A nice bureaucratic Band-Aid. No one, however, asks the obvious question: Why are we patting down flight attendants in the first place? Why, for that matter, are we conducting body searches of any female passengers?
Random passenger checks at airports are completely useless. We've all been there in the waiting lounge, rolling our eyes in disbelief as the 80-year-old Irish nun, the Hispanic mother of two, the Japanese-American businessman, the House committee chairman with the titanium hip are randomly chosen and subjected to head-to-toe searching for...what?
Not for security--these people are hardly candidates for suicide terrorism--but for political correctness. We are engaged in a daily and ostentatious rehearsal of the officially sanctioned proposition that suicide terrorists come from anywhere, without regard to gender, ethnicity, age or religious affiliation.

That is not true, and we know it. Random searches are a ridiculous charade, a charade that not only gives a false sense of security but, in fact, diminishes security because it wastes so much time and effort on people who are obviously no threat.
Everyone now has his nail-clipper, tweezers or X-rayed-shoe story. Can-you-top-this tales of luggage and body searches have become a staple of cocktail chatter. Yet citizens would willingly subject themselves to delay, inconvenience and even indignity if they felt what they were undergoing was actually improving airport security. Since Sept. 11, subjecting oneself to security indignities has been a civic duty. But this has become a parody of civic duty. Random searches are being done purely to defend against the charge of racial profiling.
Imagine that Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols had not been acting alone but had instead been part of a vast right-wing, antigovernment, terrorist militia with an ideology, a network and a commitment to carrying out attacks throughout America. Would there have been any objection to singling out young white men for special scrutiny at airports and other public places? Of course not. And if instead, in response to the threat posed by the McVeigh Underground, airport security began pulling young black men or elderly Asian women out of airport lines for full-body searches, would we not all loudly say that this is an outrage and an absurdity?
As it happens, the suicide bombers who attacked us on Sept. 11 were not McVeigh Underground. They were al-Qaeda: young, Islamic, Arab and male. That is not a stereotype. That is a fact. And there is no hiding from it, as there is no hiding from the next al-Qaeda suicide bomber. He has to be found and stopped. And you don't find him by strip searching female flight attendants or 80-year-old Irish nuns.
This is not to say your plane could not be brought down by a suicide bomber of another sort. It could. It could also be brought down by a meteorite. Or by a Stinger missile fired by Vermont dairymen in armed rebellion. These are all possible. But because they are rather improbable, we do not alter our daily lives to defend against the possibility.
True, shoe bomber Richard Reid, while young and Islamic and male, was not Arab. No system will catch everyone. But our current system is designed to catch no one because we are spending 90% of our time scrutinizing people everyone knows are no threat. Jesse Jackson once famously lamented how he felt when he would "walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery--then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved." Jackson is no racist. He was not passing judgment on his own ethnicity. He was simply reacting to probabilities. He would rather not. We all would rather not make any calculations based on ethnicity, religion, gender or physical characteristics--except that on airplanes our lives are at stake.
The pool of suicide bombers is not large. To pretend that it is universal is absurd. Airport security is not permitted to "racially" profile, but every passenger--white or black, male or female, Muslim or Christian--does. We scan the waiting room, scrutinizing other passengers not just for nervousness and shiftiness but also for the demographic characteristics of al-Qaeda. We do it privately. We do it quietly. But we do it. Airport officials, however, may not. This is crazy. So crazy that it is only a matter of time before the public finally demands that our first priority be real security, not political appearances--and puts an end to this charade.
Don't forget the national guard protecting us from a full frontal assault on the airports from terrorists. The way I understand it, the terrorists are known to attack aiport security checkpoints at least a couple times a month. It's all part of the master plan to get into a gun battle with the national guard and police, fight there way onto an aircraft and hijack it without being noticed so they can carry out their dastardly deeds. Lucky for us the guard has thwarted the numerous attacks in this country and throughout the world, therby protecting us all from the "evil dooers". Or maybe it's just our constitution smashing goverment trying to make the simple minded feel better about themselves.
We routinely fly one-way trips on the airlines in order to meet our airplane on the road. For security purposes they always check the one-way passengers very thoroughly. Yeah, I am a real threat when I just want to find my plane so I can collect my paycheck, but they are searching me instead of the guy without checked bags and one carry-on. I think that terrorists are very adept at noticing routines and they play off of this weak point(i.e. 767's heading across the country with full fuel on a weekly routine). One of our biggest threats is allowing routine to set in. It happens in our profession all the time. When we fly to the same destination time after time we don't bother pulling out the charts every time and start letting things slide a little. The government is "big" on routine and that is a "big" problem.
I cannot understand why the security program at the airports is not working and technically is it legal to stripe women of their dignity now ,God help us ,this is totally outrageous,in the name of catching terrorist we now terrorise ourselves .

I just got back from a trip and had to grin at the National Guard guys and gals with automatic weapons in hand just inside security. Why aren't they beefing up air marshals (maybe they are, but I haven't heard) or something to that respect, I mean, come on, the terrorists have blown up an airport terminal yet. Perhaps its just a facade to make people feel better.
Just my two cents. Happy Flying.

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