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From the Washington Times:

The central problem with modern airport security is that it falsely assumes that every person – each of the 7 billion people who inhabit the planet-is an equal terrorist threat. The 80-year-old Irish Catholic nun, the 3-year-old toddler, the 61-year-old bladder cancer survivor whose urine bag was punctured by TSA apparatchiks – all of them, according to Mr. Obama, are potential suicide bombers. They’re not. To pretend they are is to engage in leftist multicultural fantasy. It embodies the triumph of ideology over reality – the deranged belief that anyone at any time is a lurking jihadist.

It’s these things among many others that have led us on a thorny and dangerous path toward becoming a police state. As Mark Steyn said last week on Rush Limbaugh’s program, “The Terrorists are Winning.” How they must sit back in their hovels or their caves, their turbaned heads shaking in convulsive chortles as they consider to what acrobatic lengths our administrative ideologues will go to avoid being politically incorrect. And how politically incorrect would it be to psychologically profile incoming passengers? Every terrorist our country has yet to have experienced has obnoxiously similar characteristics*:

100% of all the terrorist attacks against the United States last year were carried out by Muslim jihadists. So, if that’s the one common denominator, let’s include that in the mix. That at airports would trigger a secondary inspection in which case the bomber on Christmas Day this year, maybe have they found the bomb,” said the respected terrorism expert Steven Emerson, founder and director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism.

Psychological profiling would be welcomed by those in law enforcement who’ve said for years that psychological profiling should be used by airport security staff.:

According to TSA officials, security officers at major airports across the country would be trained to use “casual conversation” to flush out possible terrorists. Instructors would first teach officers what suspicious behaviors to look for in travelers. These can include nervousness, wearing a big coat in the summer or reluctance to make eye contact with law enforcement. Then, the officers carry on a supposedly casual conversation with passengers in hopes of spotting possible terrorists or to determine whether further scrutiny of a passenger is required.

Alas, profiling is not to be: we would not want to “offend” the leaders at CAIR (The Council on American Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group). The CAIR leadership had released a statement that claimed the TSA’s airport security directives amount to the profiling of Muslims.* Better to offend millions upon millions of innocent passengers rather than be politically incorrect.

And now we have a twisted and convoluted rationale to keep the ostentatious technology of the naked body scanners. Some are now counting on the profit those machines bring them. Michael Chertoff, former Homeland Security Secretary who has a relationship or “deal” with Rapiscan (creators of the body scanners) has had the very lucrative position of advising our administration on what would be the best way to prevent terrorism and on what should be involved in the defense contract. At $175,000 a pop and 1,000 on order for our mere 320 federal airports in the USA, this is a motherload of a deal for Chertoff. Sounds like a bit of scammed overload to fill someone’s pockets and I am wondering how many pockets may be lined by this endeavor. (PJTV)

But would the new body scanners even keep us safe from, say the “underwear bombers”? General Accounting Office has found from investigation and study that they would indeed NOT have detected this man before boarding the plane to Detroit. And just who is the criminal here? The "Don't Touch My Junk" citizen or the terrorists? John Pistole, head of the TSA, would say the former as he explains that it is a privilege to fly–not a right.

We wonder how far will this scanner business go–while watching some news pundit celebrities discussing the scanners, at least one of them said, “No way I’d get into one of those, can you imagine the press of my scan getting out on the internet?” And remember Hilary Clinton laughing, “Not if I can help it!” in response to the interview question, “Would you go through the scanner?” But Janet promises us this will not happen.

Remember the TSA’s promise that their advanced body scanners “cannot store, print, transmit or save the image, and the image is automatically deleted from the system”? That assertion is now being challenged after it has been revealed that a millimeter wave scanner did in fact store 35,000 images, 100 of which have now turned up on the internet.More on this subject at Examiner.com.

Our rights are increasingly being infringed upon. The more rights they are allowed to take away, the more they WILL take away (much like what happened in Nazi Germany?)So let us ponder about police states: From Wikipedia:The term “police state” describes a state in which the government exercises rigid and repressive controls over the social, economic and political life of the population. The inhabitants of a police state experience restrictions on their mobility, and on their freedom to express or communicate political or other views, which are subject to police monitoring or enforcement.

Consider the man who first filmed objection who was arrested for expressing what any normal person would do and who now is facing thousands of dollars in fines and an investigation for daring to speak:
John Tyner, cleverly armed with an iPhone to give YouTube immortality to the encounter, took exception to the TSA guard about to give him the benefit of Homeland Security’s newest brainstorm — the upgraded, full-palm, up-the-groin, all-body pat-down. In a stroke, the young man ascended to myth, or at least the next edition of Bartlett’s, warning the agent not to “touch my junk.” (NRO)

Consider the following reported by Red State:
You may have heard about Janet Napolitano’s blue shirts forcing a cancer-surviving flight attendant to remove her prosthetic breast, or the woman whose pants the TSA’s hand went down…{or} the woman who was singled out because she was wearing a skirt…{or}… the cancer survivor who… was left humiliated, in tears, and covered in his own urine.
{Note to self: if traveling on an airline, do not wear a skirt, do not do so after a bout with cancer.}

And for the record, let’s review:

* Number of TSA Agents: 67,000
* TSA’s FY 2010 budget: $7.8 billion
* Number of terrorists caught by TSA: ZERO.

Looks like the Obama administration has the restriction on “freedom to express political or other views” and the “mobility” part of the police state description all wrapped up for the holidays.

Merry Christmas Everybody!