Sunday, November 14, 2010

Well, What IS a "Risk-Based" Travel-Security System?

Hell, I could have written this:

Nearly a year after a thwarted terrorist attack on a Detroit-bound airliner last Christmas Day, the recent attempt by terrorists to conceal and ship explosive devices aboard aircraft bound for the United States reminds us that al-Qaeda and those inspired by its ideology are determined to strike our global aviation system and are constantly adapting their tactics for doing so.

Our best defense against such threats remains a risk-based, layered security approach that utilizes a range of measures, both seen and unseen, including law enforcement, advanced technology, intelligence, watch-list checks and international collaboration. --Big Sis Napolitano

Of course, the Muslim terrorist who tried the Detroit attack was INBOUND to the US.

And a "risk-based system" worthy of the name would run its extra screens on the usual suspects: male Muslims, usually of Middle-Eastern origin/descent, with one-way cash-paid tickets.

But I suppose that's a quibble.

In fact, the DHS, FBI, and CIA have failed to name the names, here and abroad, so now grannies, 3-year-old girls, and Caucasian pheasant-hunters are subject to "risk-based" inspections which are likely to be violations of the 4th Amendment.

Maybe the airlines need less traffic.

1 comment:

Tim Morrissey said...

As you well know, all this BS is collectively referred to by professionals as "Security Theater."