Full-Body Profiling at Airports
Full-body scanners soon are going to be installed for security purposes at every major commercial airport in the US. Most Americans oppose the scanners as an affront to their dignity, and already the Transportation Security Administration is said to have stored tens of thousands of body images from a Florida courthouse scanner rather than deleting them immediately, bringing up personal privacy issues as well as civil liberties concerns.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center has filed a lawsuit asking a federal judge to grant an immediate injunction stopping TSA’s airport scanning program.
William Bordley, an associate general counsel with the Marshals Service, acknowledged in a letter that “approximately 35,314 images…have been stored on the Brijot Gen2 machine” used in the federal courthouse in Orlando, Florida.
What is going on?
It is another dose of liberal hypocrisy and disregard for our rights and freedoms.
First, consider the radiation emanating from the scanners. If a utility seeks to construct a nuclear power plant in America with endless safeguards built in, the environmentalists will shout it down. But if you want to expose traveling Americans to a direct shot of radiation completely unnecessarily in these scanners, lefties are silent.
Why is there no alarm by ACLU and others on the left about three separate and major issues with the body scanners: Radiation; personal privacy and civil liberties; and personal dignity?
Answer: Because use of the scanners is being advocated in order to protect the civil liberties of a tiny minority of Islamists at the expense of the overwhelming majority of law-abiding Americans, that is why. Because otherwise those Islamists might actually be scrutinized at airports. Instead, caucasian American old ladies are being subjected to the exact same inspection as Arabic-speaking males in their 20s with Pakistani passports. At times, much more scrutiny.
Does this make sense?
Of course not. It is a direct slap at Americans by equating them with those most likely to be seeking to bring down passenger aircraft with bombs. It is another form of moral equivalence emanating from the university and media elite, i.e., everyone is potentially equally guilty of having a bomb.
Imagine if the cops were looking for a black male criminal, yet they were questioning white females. That is the same degree of moral equivalence – and moral malice – as treating everyone the same at airports.
Imagine if scanners were placed on the streets of Phoenix, Arizona and every citizen were forced to pass through them because of all the crime in Phoenix by illegal aliens? Just so that the police could check out every person for guns, weapons or drugs? And that the police then stored all the scans?
The left would go nuts. You can’t scan people! they’d say. That might reveal something that shows that somebody is illegal! That would be an affront to their dignity and their humanity! No, forget it! the civil libertarians would holler. And the radiation is dangerous! the enviros would scream.
Of course. Because only when essentially all of the subjects of full-body scanning are law-abiding Americans will the left agree to let it be used in airports without legal challenge.
Imagine scanning only feminists, or Harvard graduates, or college professors, or homosexuals, or Muslims. Liberals would never allow it because it would select out specific groups for scanning. Yet almost all air travelers in America today are law-abiding people, largely caucasians, who in fact are being subjected to harsh security tactics completely unnecessarily.
In order to secure the airlines, we should do the easiest thing first which is to start profiling likely troublemakers by scrutinizing, say, young Arabic-speaking males, observing their behavior and travel arrangements and, if anything seems out of the ordinary, taking them aside for further questioning. This is done in Israel.
But that sure did not happen with the Christmas Day bomber Omar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who waltzed onto a Detroit-bound plane in Amsterdan with a bomb in his underwear on a one-way ticket after coming from Africa. Or Faisal Shazad, who tried unsuccessfully to blow up Times Square with a car bomb then successfully boarded a flight to the Middle East after buying a one-way ticket at the last minute with cash.
Gee, no problem there! They’re not suspicious! Heck, they’re just young men in a hurry! You know those young guys, full of energy! And sometimes they put things off to the last minute!
But hey you, the old white lady with the cane with the round-trip ticket paid for by credit card! Take off your damned shoes! And make it snappy! Or better yet, step into this room for a pat down!
Because that is precisely what the government today is doing – not profiling suspicious Muslim males but profiling and harassing innocent white businessmen and caucasian grandmothers from Kansas.
Oh, no! Never! the liberals will proclaim.
Wanna bet? Have you been to an airport recently and see elderly white people carefully wanded down? Or caucasian college girls searched closely?
This is the government ostensibly proving that it is being even-handed and not singling out Middle Eastern males in their 20s buying one-way tickets with cash, but scrutinizing everyone the same.
Yet what is really happening is the worst kind of profiling, with white people like old ladies in wheelchairs being specifically targeted in order to show how “fair” the system is. Or rather being specifically profiled and harassed opportunistically by the political left.
These are the same lefties who want to see a mosque built near Ground Zero in New York City; the same liberals who for decades have fought against the slightest hint of profiling for any Race Except White for any reason; the same ‘progressives’ who want to avoid any scrutiny of illegal immigrants.
Yet the same people now are actively engaged in profiling and harassing white people at airports as equally suspicious as everyone else, even moreso.
Never be fooled when the left wants to use government power to ‘protect’ you. They usually are seeking to undermine security and target innocent people while protecting truly suspicious ones.
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