Wednesday, December 22, 2004

ACLU cries fowl when screeners follow their rules.

Having successfully terrorized airline screeners with threats of litigation for focused scrutiny of the most logical group of possible terrorists - young Arab men - the American Civil Liberties Union is coming to terms with screeners following their rules of having to give equal security attention to each ethnic group.
"The TSA is subjecting many women to groping and sexual harassment that does not serve any real, justified security purpose," said Lenora Lapidus, Director of the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project.
The punchline is that the "real, justified security purpose" is of course focusing airport security resources on the same group that has comprised 99% of terrorist attacks in the U.S. - young Middle-Eastern males. The [get]ACLU deems it 'insensitive' for more than two Arab males per flight to be pulled aside for closer examination - no matter how many are on a flight - so as not to be construed as "profiling." Well, profiling works. At the smae time, the ACLU's view is:
At the very least, proposed changes to restrict liberty [more inspecion] should be examined and debated in public; they should be proven effective in increasing safety and security; and they should be fairly applied in a non-discriminatory manner.

...government officials should increase their efforts to prevent and punish unwarranted, bigoted attacks [more airport scrutiny] on fellow citizens of Arab descent and members of religious minorities, including Muslims and Sikhs. With roughly 6.5 million Muslims in the United States and 3.5 million Arab Americans, we must not treat our neighbors, friends and co-workers as the enemy.
Well, on September 11th some those neighbors, friends and co-workers highjacked and crashed a few airliners in New York and Boston. 100% of them were of Arab descent and half of them were named Mohammed. Had we decided not to shake down every other 70 year old grandma in the sake of 'fairness,' New York would have a couple million more square feet of office space and a few thousand people would still be celebrating Christmas a couple days. Never trust an organization that puts the feelings of a few of us ahead of the safety of all of us.

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