Thursday, October 14, 2004

 

Under our government, intelligence is so highly honored that it is rewarded by exemption from the cares of office

Ambrose Bierce had it right, thus this post. CNN has this comforting report about only 1 in 4 TSA screeners failing to detect weapons during security tests at Newark Airport, and there's this lovely bit of news about a woman who drove home from Denver to San Diego rather than submit to being felt up by the Gomer Gestapo (thanks to the Good Doctor Pournelle for that term). Money quote from the latter article:
Bob Kapp, customer service manager for the TSA in Denver, said that to conduct a thorough pat-down search of women, "it does require going beneath, between and above the breasts."
Kapp said a few people have been a little bit alarmed by the procedure. But he called it "a sign of the times" that is probably here to stay.

Uh, yeah. That idiot Mineta says that not more than a low percentage of the most likely potential perpetrators can be frisked at a security checkpoint because his feewings were hurt as a little boy (he should talk to a few people I know who have Himmler's autograph on their arms from resorts like Oswiecim. They can tell him what being brutalized is really about). Meanwhile, some chowderhead decides to feel up some Southern California cutie just because a random number generator clicked somewhere or they met their quota of towelheads to search for that day, and there's no recourse. The first link in the article is the icing on the cake, where these dopes who are entrusted with our hides cannot find an awfully high percentage of potential weapons. This is Newark Airport, where the 9/11 hijackers got on a plane, boys and girls.

Solutions, not easy. When appointing public servants to deal with problems like this the last thing I want is someone who feels my pain. I want someone who inflicts pain. First, fire that pansy Mineta. Sorry they threw your ass in the internment camp, but Michele Malkin quite nicely documents the rationale for internment back then, there was a serious chance of a fifth column (and of course it wasn't just the Japanese back then, the Operation Pastorius saboteurs had plenty of contacts and relatives ready willing and able to support them). Second, profile. The ACLU doesn't like it? I'm sure that the lady from Southern California would only fit a profile of inspirations for a Brian Wilson song, not the kind of profile of attending masjids and asking where the isotopes are kept. There are an awful lot of cops who will tell you that this is the best way of tracking down bad actors, but because of the ACLU and like-minded organizations, their hands are tied. When they were profiling in Jersey, a lot of drugs got interdicted on the Turnpike that would've been sold in Bed-Stuy and Washington Heights. A couple of college kids fit the profile? Think of the old joke, "Doctor, it hurts when I do this!" "Don't do this!!!!!". Third, allow some recourse for the citizenry. Here's where the ACLU could actually do something useful, but because they're more interested in supporting the fringe and the America haters than its normal citizenry, they wouldn't touch it.

There was a case about fourteen years ago where a New York company got into a bit of a disagreement with Alabama over some, ahem, content it was providing. The company had gone the extra mile in trying to prevent the content from reaching inappropriate eyes, however, an enterprising minor had managed to leverage a personal relationship to obtain access to the content. The state of Alabama decided to prosecute said company, and personally indicted the corporate officers as a result, who lived in fear of being extradited to Alabama while the whole sorry mess was being decided. The company's business relationships with various providers were immediately terminated, and said company was put out of business within a matter of weeks out of sheer inability to deliver to its customers its contractual obligations. In itself, it's a minor footnote, but the ACLU got interested in the case briefly because of potential free speech implications. They decided that it wasn't politically correct enough for them to defend the company and the officers. Ultimately, the case was thrown out because of lack of merit, but the ACLU's performance in the matter was disgraceful, not wishing to take on defending the unjustly accused because they were white capitalists.

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