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Monday, August 21, 2006

Searching the Cleavers

We constantly hear about policy that forbids profiling in airports. It's one thing to read about it; it's another to talk to someone who has seen this ridiculous policy first-hand.

Yesterday, I was talking to a friend of mine who travels with his family rather frequently. He and his wife are both fair-skinned, and they have twin two-year-old boys whose complexions would make the ivory girls from the old Ivory Soap ads jealous. In short, they look no more like terrorists than Ward, June, Wally, and Beaver Cleaver.

My friend tells me, however, that he and his wife have been stopped for an extra search, including a thorough search of the boys' bags, while single Arab men have been allowed to pass virtually unsearched, simply because their numbers didn't happen to be the numbers selected for an extra search.

When families who look like the Cleaver family start blowing up buildings and airplanes, this will be a good policy. Until then, it's just stupid.


Blogger SkyePuppy said...

I don't mind the TSA randomly checking the Cleavers, IF they check ALL the Middle Eastern-looking males too.

Profiling that makes sense, plus random checking of non-profile types should go a long way toward both keeping us safe and helping us believe that they're keeping us safe.

12:37 AM  
Blogger Bryan Alexander said...

Great point, Skyepuppy.

8:10 AM  
Blogger Malott said...

I believe it would require another horrendous disaster for the government to abandon political correctness for common sense.

7:17 AM  
Blogger Oil Shock said...

A false sense of insecurity

THought provoking reading.

7:02 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

I think the Israeli model is the closest to what TSA should implement. El Al, for example, searches for terrorists, not weapons. The Israelis, from the top to the bottom, understand the threat. The current US policy is a reflection of our gun laws, i.e., weapons need to be controlled rather than bad people.

The latest twist is the Islamofascists are looking for non middle easterners converts to help them implement their twisted world vision, so profiling will be less than 100% effective.

I believe that malott is correct in that the left wing/main media complex (and many complacent Americans) are not going to take the threat of Islamofascist world domination seriously until another major terrorist attack.

10:09 PM  

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