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Find The Boots

Rantings from a few corporate types about life, technology, travel, guns, politics, and everything good in the world.

About Darn Time

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

I'm sure that the PC enforcers will swiftly stamp on this good sense, but the London Times reports:
Muslims face extra checks in new travel crackdown
Why am I sure this will be kiboshed?
THE Government is discussing with airport operators plans to introduce a screening system that allows security staff to focus on those passengers who pose the greatest risk.
Heaven forbid.

The real-world police don't put roadblocks outside grade school campuses or in residential neighborhoods to catch drunks on New Years Eve. But in the oh-so-delicate world we live in, my arthritic mother is as likely to be searched as a keffiyah wearing young man.

If we were still having problems with McVeigh and his ilk you can bet that the TSA would be profiling guys to find with connections to a militia. (And, in fact, the FBI did just that to break the militia movement over the last two decades.)

Keep reading:
The system would be much more sophisticated than simply picking out young men of Asian appearance. [Note: Asian is how Brits describe everyone from China to India.] But it would cause outrage in the Muslim community because its members would be far more likely to be selected for extra checks.
So now the Muslims are being picked on because of demography? Not really, Mormons have about the same population profile but, since they don't blow up planes, embassies, towers, buses, boats, women, and babies we're not so concerned about them, are we?
The DfT has been considering passenger profiling for a year but, until last
week, the disadvantages were thought to outweigh the advantages.
The disadvantages being what? Can you please balance some whiney CAIR flack against ten 747's raining down on the east coast? I vote we take up a collection and every corporate Homeland Security dude that loses his job gets a variable annuity equal to his normal yearly salary. I'll pony up a grand, you?
“There is a very real danger that the counter-terrorism label is also being used
by other law-enforcement agencies to the effect that there is a real risk of
criminalising minority communities.”
I am all for criminalizing the minority of Muslims that are blowing themselves up. I guess the question is: why aren't the majority of Muslims demanding this? If white middle aged 2nd amendment cranks driving foreign cars with stick shifts were causing a global swath of destruction I'd be all for strict inspection of the saggy ones.

Actually, if you think about it, we're all being treated as if were equally suspects, but it's interesting that only one group is complaining.


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