Dear John Pistole,
Keeping terrorists out and the nation safe from airline attacks doesn’t involve targeting the wrong people. For the love of gawd, you morons have no common sense. One can only guess the source of the “better safe than sorry” mindset behind groping elderly people, young children, and military personnel, instead of the culprits who are part and parcel of a culture responsible for 9/11 and the war against Western civilization.
You refuse to single out the most likely candidates for close inspection; muslim males between the ages of 18-35 traveling to and from the Middle East, Indonesia, Africa, Europe, and Southwest Asia.
You’re deathly afraid to ask a muslim female donned head-to-toe in a Burqua, to step out of line for a “pat-down”.
If Osama Bin Laden showed up at an American airport, he’d be whisked though security with little hassle.
Using the attempt by the Umar Farouk Abdulmuttalab (aka “the underwear bomber), to justify your new “security techniques”, is a piss poor substitute for the real reason he should have been scrutinized in the first place; he’s a MUSLIM from NIGERIA.
Your terrorist “no fly” data base sucks. (Do you even use it?) The communication and information-sharing between international airports, is broke.
Here’s a common sense alternative to your abject stupidity: PROFILE, YOU FUCKING IDIOT, PROFILE.
Agents should be trained to look for terrorists, not weapons. Rather than confiscating “lethal” items like nail clippers, and “suspicious liquids” like shaving cream and bottled water, train them in the fine art of observing behavior, asking questions, scrutinizing documents, and paying attention to ethnic Arabs from foreign countries, as well as possible homegrown terrorists who travel to Arab countries.
You should also use one of the most reliable bomb detectors in the world: Bomb sniffing dogs. Trained canines have a high proficiency rate, and just their presence is a deterrent.
It’s not just the TSA who screws up, it’s the State Department, the FBI, and all the three-letter acronym intelligence agencies who don’t connect the dots or worse, dismiss information outright because they don’t want to “offend” muslims.
Case in point:
In 1998, an FBI agent in Oklahoma wrote a memo describing reports of “large numbers of Middle Eastern males receiving flight training at Oklahoma airports” which “may be related to planned terrorist activity”.
Kenneth Williams, an FBI agent in Phoenix wrote a memorandum two months before the 9/11 attacks, warning of the possibility of Osama bin Laden’s followers hijacking aircraft within the United States and using the planes in a terrorist attack.
Their warnings were never followed up on.
Hani Hanjour was the Saudi pilot who flew American Airlines flight 77 into the Pentagon.
Mohammad Atta was the hijacker-pilot of American Airlines Flight 11, crashing the plane into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
Marwan al-Shehhi was the hijacker-pilot who crashed United Airlines Flight 175 into the South Tower of the World Trade Center.
Zaid Jarrah was the hijacker-pilot in control of United Airlines Flight 93 as it crashed in a field in a rural area near Shanksville, PA.
Shehhi and Atta both trained in Florida at Huffman Aviation, receiving their commercial pilot licenses in December 2000 from the FAA.
The 19 hijackers applied for and received tourist/student visas. Atta, Shehhi, and Jarrah violated the terms of their status and/or overstayed their periods of admission, but SNAFUs and inspectors’ inattention to detail, let them slip through the cracks.
Entry of the 9/11 Hijackers into the United States
Staff Statement No. 1
National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States
Instead of being proactive in methods likely to snag terrorists,you’re playing a game of catch up. And by the way, since 9/11 the TSA hasn’t caught a single one.
Matter of fact, you missed a shitload:
Richard Reid (the shoe bomber), and Abdulmuttalab were caught after their explosive devices malfunctioned on board their flights.
The rest of the terrorist cells and individuals were caught and arrested through wiretaps, surveillance, and in a few cases, just plain luck.
The point is, many of them no longer have to worry about getting into the United States. Thanks to lax border security, the State Department’s visa give-away, and homegrown muslim converts, they’re already here.
You can improve the counter-terrorism methods of the TSA by hiring agents and supervisors who actually know what the hell they’re doing, i.e. looking for terrorists, instead of harassing U.S. Soldiers and molesting children and 85-year-old wheelchair-bound Swedish mothers, in the name of “security”.