The Audacity of Grope

As columnist Charles Krauthammer pointed out, Americans have taken to a new slogan which neatly encapsulates their consternation regarding airport security.  It was inadvertently coined by John Tyner, a 31-year-old software programmer from Oceanside, California.  When he refused to allow a Transportation Security Administration official to administer a pat-down near his private area, he uttered a phrase which has resonated nationwide:  ”You touch my junk, and I’m going to have you arrested.”  Yet as a Senate hearing on Wednesday indicated, the TSA is not backing down. TSA administrator John Pistole says he is sensitive to privacy concerns but insists that “government must provide the best possible security for air travelers.”  Thus, the inevitable question: is this the best possible security government can provide? It is hard to reach that conclusion when one considers the salient issues surrounding the controversy.

. . . The second issue is our apparent determination to ignore the most successful airport security strategy currently in use.  Israelis have a far more effective and far less invasive and time-consuming system.  Why?  Because it is the exact opposite of ours: in America the focus is on finding an explosive device.  In Israel, the focus is on finding the person carrying the explosive device.

 http://frontpagemag.com/2010/11/19/the-audacity-of-grope/print/

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