America the fair

So, precisely because your average terrorist these days is a young muslim male between the ages of 19 and 28 flying on a British, Pakistani or other Middle Eastern passport, we will not single out those individuals for special scrutiny and will instead subject the entire rest of the flying public, from infants to businessmen to 94-year-old women in wheelchairs to long, tedious waits and invasive searches. This will show our inherent decency and fairness and, at the cost of billions of dollars in wasted time, will convince our hot-headed young muslim friends to love and admire us.

That seems to be our country’s answer to terrorism. It hasn’t worked so well since 9/11 but perhaps given time …. I just wonder why, if it is unfair to punish all members of the young muslim set for the crimes of their brothers, is it fair to punish everyone else instead?

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  1. John

    I have wondered about this very thing. Tim McViegh aside (may he rot..) the current US airport security staff does not make me feel particularly secure. I’m not convinced that Mosad’s system would work perfectly for us but I think we could take a lesson or two from the playbook they use in Tel Aviv.

    Concerning the hapless Nigerian, I can’t help but think how the 72 virgins would respond to the third degree burns..Ouch.

    BR,

    John

  2. Mazama

    “if it is unfair to punish all members of the young muslim set for the crimes of their brothers, is it fair to punish everyone else instead?”

    Yes. Is fair, comrade. In socialist America everyone will be equally – i.e., fairly – inconvenienced in every aspect of life from airline travel to medical procedures to forced energy conservation, etc., etc. Doesn’t that make sense?

    Everyone except, of course, our political class, who are busy making wise decisions on our behalf and their time is too valuable to submit to such things.

  3. DB

    Chris, wonder how you would feel if they only searched bogging Greenwich real estate types instead?

    Just saying.

    • christopherfountain

      If bloggers were supplying 95% of the current crop of terrorists, I would think it fair that they concentrate on bloggers, rather than spread the pain across every air traveller. And if only Greenwich bloggers were terrorists, I’d think it fair that they barred me from flying altogether.

  4. Anonymous

    if you follow the logic of the ACLU, we are all safer if the ability of security forces is degraded in two ways — first, taking away many of the logical technological enhancements and second, making the use of security so burdensome for the general public as to create a backlash. i do not question the loyalty of the ACLU member, only their intelligence. if a cop could sit in a car and watch a crowd, that complies with the constitution, per the ACLU, since there were peace officers with eyes in 1789. but since there were no cameras in 1789, we can’t use cameras to look for terrorists. and the list goes on.

  5. Old School Grump

    Here’s what gets me: Even if we must grant American citizens freedom from this sort of “discrimination” — which I’ll agree to for the sake of this argument, although I don’t necessarily believe it — we aren’t talking about American citizens here.

    If you are not the citizen of a particular country, you are not automatically entitled to the freedoms and rights offered by that country should you try to visit that country. Yes, you are entitled to some rights, but freedom from profiling during the visa application process and freedom from profiling prior to stepping onto a U.S.-bound airplane are not among them.

    We are willing to send thousands of servicemen and servicewomen to death and debilitation in Iraq and Afghanistan, and to take out thousands of innocent civilians in those countries as well, but we balk at even harassing someone who “fits the profile” of our enemy precisely because he fits the profile of our enemy. It would be funny if it weren’t tragic.