I sorta feel the same way about the TSA screening brouhaha. I hear a lot a people whining and complaining about their rights being violated or being critical of the system, but no one has a viable alternative.
They DO have suggestions like...
- Let's do it like the Israelis.
The Israelis have one airport to cover in Israel and somewhere in the neighborhood of 35-50 planes to worry about. Their passenger load is a fraction of ours. Plus they have a citizenry who is willing to pay whatever it takes to keep them safe.
- Let's privatize the screening checkpoints.
Like they were on September 11, 2001? Minimum wage Wackenhut workers. Sure. Brilliant.
- Let's profile.
Yes, let's. So what do we do? Put all Muslims in one line and then let the white folk and some of the Urkel-looking blacks go in the other? Is that how it's done? What about the older Muslims? Or the real shady looking black guys? Not even to mention some of them olive-skinned Cuban Americans who look like they could definitely be from Beirut. If you think all terrorists look the same, you need to do some research.
Or let's imagine that we start profiling and the terrorists decide to invest in some great makeup so that they look like Don Jones, businessman from Peoria. Or Sally Evans from Bakersfield, California. Or they decide to give their 10-year-old son a "money belt" to wear onto the plane or their handicapped mother a little something extra to pack in her wheelchair that will conveniently be stowed in the cargo compartment of the plane.
But it's not just the terrorists that we all should be concerned about. How about the mentally ill guy who feels like he's done with this world and wants to exit in spectacular fashion? Hopefully, he looks like a Muslim, right? Because if he's an ordinary looking white guy, he has an easier time boarding if we listen to some people.
The possibilities are endless. And the terrorists or the bad guys only have to succeed once. While the TSA has to succeed every minute of every day.
Of course this doesn't help the air traveler who is rushing to catch a plane and winds up getting patted down. I've been there. And I hate it.
But then I remember September 11th and how I felt on that day after finding out that three hijacked commercial airliners had extinguished the lives of thousands of mothers, daughters, fathers and sons and I remember the words of my boss.
I don't have any good suggestions to fix things and until I do, I'm not complaining.
For some additional reading on this subject that I [mostly] agree with, check out Mark Thiessen's blog post over at the National Review Online. Yes, the NRO...I prove my conservative readers to be wrong every day.
In the coming days, millions of Americans will travel to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. May I pose a novel idea? As we go through the airport screening line, let’s stop and say “thanks” to the men and women of the TSA who give up time with their families during the holidays to keep us safe from terror.
In the past few weeks, these patriots have been compared with Big Brother and accused of sexual assault. They’ve suffered the same kinds of public indignities the Left has heaped on the men and women of the CIA — being accused of engaging un-American and unlawful behavior for doing the difficult and unpleasant work of protecting the country. They deserve better.