Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Panty Bomber....Place Your Knickers on the Conveyor and Step away from the Machine

Even a hungover, nearsighted, cross-eyed, Spanish Fighting Bull could have seen this guy coming a mile away. Umar the Islamic Jihadist Terrorist, whose actions should have raised more red flags than even the Russian Army owns, tried to blow up a commercial flight to Detroit with a Panty Bomb. The myriad of red flags, any one of which would have been enough to have prevented you or me from ever boarding our flight, didn't even slow him down as he flew from Nigeria to Amsterdam and then on to Detroit .

Why is it that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a last minute, cash paying customer on an international flight, whose only carry on luggage was his Panty Bomb, was not subject to the same level of scrutiny that I received when I flew from Tampa to Newark NJ to attend my uncle's funeral? This, even though his father had called the US Consulate and warned them that his son was dangerous; a phone call that landed Umar on a terror watch list. I, on the other hand checked an overnight bag, wasn't on the terrorist watch list, wore only a pair of gym shorts, a t-shirt and flip flops, ( Where I might ask was I going to hide a bomb in this outfit?) and carried only my wallet and a cell phone. Still it was deemed necessary that I undergo enhanced security measures. The reason? I booked the trip late. So what were Umar's excuses? Oh yeah, that's right, he wanted to blow up the plane!

The Obama Administration's Home Land Security Chief, Janet Napolitano, appearing on a Sunday morning news show looked tough in her leather jacket, but acted like a real wimp, suggesting that the government's watch list of over 500,000 names, one of which is Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, was just too large to search in an attempt to prevent a terrorist bent on killing all the other passengers on the plane from boarding. Where do they keep this watch list, and why is it so hard to search? Is it written in crayon, perhaps in poor penmanship on index cards and stored in the bottom of a draw of a desk in a little used basement office of an annex at homeland security ? I typed the word terrorist into the Google search engine as I wrote this piece, and it came back with about 37 million entries. How long did it take to perform this search? It took 0.12 seconds . It's not that the list is too long , it's that no one is watching the Watch List. So why do they call it a watch list if they don't watch who is on it?

Our politically correct system of airline screening is a Giant Joke, inconveniencing everyone, yet protecting no one. How can I tell? It's easy. I can't carry sunscreen in my suitcase when I go to Miami, but an Islamic Jihadist from Nigeria on the government's terrorist watch list, a person who's actions should have set off all kinds of alarms, can carry a bomb onto a plane and all they want to know is if he wants the chicken or the vegetarian dinner.

The folks in this administration, whose plan to combat terrorism amounts to a policy of talking nicely to terrorists so they like us, need to wake up and smell the PETN before hundreds more people die needlessly. The PC Crowd in charge, who this year can already take credit for the 13 deaths at FT Hood, narrowly missed another several hundred notches on their belt. If I've got this straight, it's okay to keep the list as long as you don't refer to it. That might be profiling and that is not politically correct. So, instead of targeting the few terrorists for enhanced screening, we are subjecting everyone who flies to an inadequate level of screening, inconveniencing everyone while protecting no one. Not a very bright thing to do, but a very PC approach and that's what counts. Right?

News Flash: that's not what counts. What counts is getting the job done, and the government is failing to provide the flying public the safety they promise . The Last Nut Job Islamic Jihadist who tried to use this type of explosive to blow up an airplane bound for the US had it hidden in his shoes, which is why everyone who now boards a plane is commanded to take off their shoes. Won't flying be fun when the folks at TSA start checking out Grandma's Knickers because of the Panty Bomber! What's next? Body cavity searches?


Paul said...

I'm pretty much a centrist, but I do believe in profiling as it was common practice during the IRA troubles. My Scottish family actually immigrated from Ireland to Scotland and my Scottish mother married a US Navy sailor. Both myself and my brother joined the US Navy (Me as a Nuke, he as a SEAL) and went back to Scotland for a visit. While there we heard the sad news that our Uncle J*** had died. While attending the surprise funeral with very few people we know, we noticed that it turned into an IRA funeral. My brother and I turned to each other in disgusted shock. From a security standpoint everyone inside Ireland and UK thought that it was OK to profile the Irish at crossings. Even the Irish understood this. Security checks were not random. In N. Ireland trash cans were removed from the streets because of the bombs hidden there earlier. These inconveniences were accepted in the hope that one day the troubles will be gone and everything might return to normal. And they have. As a centrist, you may not believe with me that the Islamic terrorism will go away (I thought the IRA would never die) so I do have hope that in 20 years or 30 years Islamic terrorism will be gone and therefore Islamic profiling will be gone, hell it may even switch to Venezuelan or Chinese by then. But please agree with me that in the mean time, we must profile those who intend to do us harm and use that as a tool in screening visitors

Dave said...

If a gang of tattooed white kids rob and murder an innocent person on the street, does law enforcement stop, search and question well dressed businessmen who happen to be in the area in search of the perps??? Profiling is used and should be in cases like this. It also should be used to weed out potential terror threats. The PC crowd be damned.
You won't see me boarding an aircraft with those sporting a turban. The TSA may not profile but I sure will. It has become such a joke that if I can get there in 8 hours or less I drive rather than subject myself to the joke or airport security, TSA and the airlines idiotic rules that are obviously ineffective.
This is great for the General and Corporate aviation sector. Good job security.Keep up the good work Dave.