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  • Re: Nice Planet 2011

    Originally posted by Old Pio View Post
    The Tribune reports there are some innacuracies involved with this video. Midway, not O'Hare. And we've changed the rules since this particular humiliation, so this might not happen to the kid now. But we can't be sure. Nevertheless, this is a little boy subjected among other things, to having a government thug wipe his back with an explosive detecting Stridex pad. How do these a*sholes sleep at night?

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/l...,6554763.story
    Do we really think that the terrorist wouldn't try and use a small child in a wheelchair to sneak a bomb past security? I don't. While I wouldn't want to go up on youtube for giving a toddler a pat-down, I'd much rather not be the screener who allowed a bomb through security that resulted in having a plane crash.

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    • Re: Nice Planet 2011

      Originally posted by Almington View Post
      Do we really think that the terrorist wouldn't try and use a small child in a wheelchair to sneak a bomb past security? I don't. While I wouldn't want to go up on youtube for giving a toddler a pat-down, I'd much rather not be the screener who allowed a bomb through security that resulted in having a plane crash.
      Except that TSA hasn't yet uncovered a terrorist and at the same time allowed several to get past their screening. This is "security theatre," designed to give people a sense of safety and based on the entirely false premise that the likelihood of someone being a terrorist is spread evenly through society. Bosh. The Israelis don't pat down or otherwise humiliate children and old ladies with ostomy bags, they're surrounded by enemies, yet they haven't had an incident, because they use highly trained, well paid individuals (as opposed to TCBY dropouts) to screen passengers. Some of those passengers wind up being patted down or otherwise screened, but most don't. What passes for airport security now is an expensive, PC exercise which humiliates thousands of Americans every single day, and does practically nothing to lower the liklihood of an "event."

      Using your standard, "better be safe than sorry," the screener in this case was derelict in his duty. He should have stripped the kid and given him a cavity search. Then we'd really be sure he wasn't carrying a bomb.
      Last edited by Old Pio; 03-19-2012, 05:04 PM.
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      • Re: Nice Planet 2011

        Originally posted by Almington View Post
        Do we really think that the terrorist wouldn't try and use a small child in a wheelchair to sneak a bomb past security? I don't. While I wouldn't want to go up on youtube for giving a toddler a pat-down, I'd much rather not be the screener who allowed a bomb through security that resulted in having a plane crash.
        This. Everyone always whines but terrorists don't have a conscience.

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        • Re: Nice Planet 2011

          Originally posted by leswp1 View Post
          This. Everyone always whines but terrorists don't have a conscience.
          Then why not strip and cavity search everyone boarding a plane? Do you see no limit to the government here? None? Despite the fact that these measures are doomed to fail because the terrorists simply respond to new indignities for the flying public by changing their MO? Shoe bomber. Panty bomber, etc. The methods we employ should be those with the highest liklihood of intercepting terrorists and the lowest liklihood of humiliating innocent citizens. What we're doing now fails both of those tests.

          And, for the record, I don't consider it "whining" when a TSA goon humiliates an old lady with a full ostomy bag. I attribute that sort of behavior to folks wearing black uniforms in a different era.
          Last edited by Old Pio; 03-19-2012, 05:12 PM.
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          • Re: Nice Planet 2011

            Originally posted by Old Pio View Post
            Except that TSA hasn't yet uncovered a terrorist and at the same time allowed several to get past their screening. This is "security theatre," designed to give people a sense of safety and based on the entirely false premise that the likelihood of someone being a terrorist is spread evenly through society. Bosh. The Israelis don't pat down or otherwise humiliate children and old ladies with ostomy bags, they're surrounded by enemies, yet they haven't had an incident, because they use highly trained, well paid individuals (as opposed to TCBY dropouts) to screen passengers. Some of those passengers wind up being patted down or otherwise screened, but most don't. What passes for airport security now is an expensive, PC exercise which humiliates thousands of Americans every single day, and does practically nothing to lower the liklihood of an "event."

            Using your standard, "better be safe than sorry," the screener in this case was derelict in his duty. He should have stripped the kid and given him a cavity search. Then we'd really be sure he wasn't carrying a bomb.
            They never blew up the Pentagon either. Not saying that every screener is behaving as they should but the schtick of every agent is awful is getting old. How many appropriate screenings occur compared to how many are bad? There are bad people in every profession. If someone dies in the hospital do we assume every Dr in there is going to have a bad outcome?

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            • Re: Nice Planet 2011

              Originally posted by leswp1 View Post
              They never blew up the Pentagon either. Not saying that every screener is behaving as they should but the schtick of every agent is awful is getting old. How many appropriate screenings occur compared to how many are bad? There are bad people in every profession. If someone dies in the hospital do we assume every Dr in there is going to have a bad outcome?
              An extraordinary deviation from the topic, even by your standards. And you've lost me with your reference to the Pentagon. The point is, these screenings aren't appropriate and aren't necessary and aren't effective. And the professionalism or lack thereof by the goons administering them is irrelevant. There is no appropriate way to palpate an old lady's ostomy bag. The Israelis prove that every single day. And you didn't answer my question: is there no limit on the humiliations that government can visit on the traveling public in the name of "security?"
              Last edited by Old Pio; 03-19-2012, 06:03 PM.
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              • Re: Nice Planet 2011

                Go into a courthouse one day, and see the difference in security procedures. In my (limited) experience, the court house personnel are faster, less embarrassing (for lack of a better word) and more professional.

                OP is right. It's security theater. There is no way in hell that TSA makes us safer. In the court house, I truly believe that the people inside are noticeably safer for the security measures.

                (Yes, I understand that the threat is different in court than in an airport, but I also believe the threat in a court house is more real than in an airport.)

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                • Re: Nice Planet 2011

                  Originally posted by duper View Post
                  Go into a courthouse one day, and see the difference in security procedures. In my (limited) experience, the court house personnel are faster, less embarrassing (for lack of a better word) and more professional.

                  OP is right. It's security theater. There is no way in hell that TSA makes us safer. In the court house, I truly believe that the people inside are noticeably safer for the security measures.

                  (Yes, I understand that the threat is different in court than in an airport, but I also believe the threat in a court house is more real than in an airport.)
                  Remember several years ago some lunatic going through security at the House of Represenatives killed one of the screeners then ran into the building and killed a Capitol cop outside of Tom DeLay's office? The Israelis use a system involving personal contact with passengers. It starts with asking seemingly benign questions designed to catch them off guard, prevaracating or unable to provide a common sense answer. As I understand it, the system has three layers and it's next to impossible to sneak through if you've got evil intentions. And remember, they have many Arab citizens, so it can't simply be a matter of isolating and insulting Arabs. Obvously, the scale of our air transport system dwarfs theirs, but then, our population dwarfs theirs. The training and implementation for this kind of system would be very exspensive and take years. But if we're serious about actually protecting the flying public, this is the direction in which we should move. In fact, I read an article within the last month that talked about plans to introduce something similar, albeit on a much smaller scale.
                  Last edited by Old Pio; 03-19-2012, 09:18 PM.
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                  • Re: Nice Planet 2011

                    Originally posted by Old Pio View Post
                    An extraordinary deviation from the topic, even by your standards. And you've lost me with your reference to the Pentagon. The point is, these screenings aren't appropriate and aren't necessary and aren't effective. And the professionalism or lack thereof by the goons administering them is irrelevant. There is no appropriate way to palpate an old lady's ostomy bag. The Israelis prove that every single day. And you didn't answer my question: is there no limit on the humiliations that government can visit on the traveling public in the name of "security?"
                    No- the argument that they haven't caught anyone yet implies they won't. Well, no one would have thought they needed to look prior to 2001. Searching for something isn't wrong just because you don't find it.

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                    • Re: Nice Planet 2011

                      Originally posted by leswp1 View Post
                      No- the argument that they haven't caught anyone yet implies they won't. Well, no one would have thought they needed to look prior to 2001. Searching for something isn't wrong just because you don't find it.
                      Do I understand the "no" is in response to my question about any possible limits on government's efforts to provide "security" to the flying public? So you think anything any bureaucrat anywhere can think up and justify with a splash of "security" paint is acceptable? Honestly? Really? Man, I don't want to live in your country. Where Barney Fife has no limits on his efforts to "nip it in the bud." Don't take this the wrong way, but that's insane. And unconstitutional. And illegal. I would assume this "there is no limit to what they can do to protect us" attitude would logically extend far beyond airports. It would be interesting to live in your America, undifferentiated as it would be, from any totalitarian state past or present. How much easier it would be for government goons if they could discard those pesky concerns about "due process" and "probable cause."

                      Apparantly you love government intrusion and humiliation of travelers so much you've missed the point I've made twice, now three times, that there are far more effective methods to find "terrorists" without humilitating old ladies and terrorizing kids and unnecessarily inconveniencing the rest of us. Maybe if we can get the system changed, they'll still let you take off your shoes and drop trou.
                      Last edited by Old Pio; 03-19-2012, 07:13 PM.
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                      • Re: Nice Planet 2011

                        Originally posted by Old Pio View Post
                        Do I understand the "no" is in response to my question about any possible limits on government's efforts to provide "security" to the flying public? So you think anything any bureaucrat anywhere can think up and justify with a splash of "security" paint is acceptable? Honestly? Really? Man, I don't want to live in your country. Where Barney Fife has no limits on his efforts to "nip it in the bud." Don't take this the wrong way, but that's insane. And unconstitutional. And illegal. I would assume this "there is no limit to what they can do to protect us" attitude would extend far beyond airports. It would be interesting to live in your America, undifferentiated as it would be, from any totalitarian state past or present. How much easier it would be for government goons if they could discard those pesky concerns about "due process" and "probable cause."

                        Apparantly you love government intrusion and humiliation of travelers so much you've missed the point I've made twice, now three times, that there are far more effective methods to find "terrorists" without humilitating old ladies and terrorizing kids and unnecessarily inconveniencing the rest of us. Maybe if we can get the system changed, they'll still let you take off your shoes and drop trou.
                        I don't like sweeping generalizations and I refuse to condemn every person who does a search because of a few knuckleheads. However, I am glad to see you take a leap of faith in regards to what I should be saying. It is always enlightening to see what I should have said and thought. BAck on ignore. I like thinking for myself better.
                        Last edited by leswp1; 03-19-2012, 07:25 PM.

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                        • Re: Nice Planet 2011

                          Originally posted by leswp1 View Post
                          I don't like sweeping generalizations and I refuse to condemn every person who does a search because of a few knuckleheads. However, I am glad to see you take a leap of faith in regards to what I should be saying. It is always enlightening to see what I should have said and thought.
                          Except for your sweeping generalizations about how there should be no limits on government authority or efforts to find "terrorists." It's amazing to me that your principal focus seems to be the reputations of these airport morons. What were their reputations when they were asking folks "do you want fries with that?" And who cares? There are much more important fish to fry here. And that business about me "telling you what to think" is getting a little old (here's a hint, it's a technique called "reductio ad absurdem"). You really should stop pulling that trope out of your bag every time you get lost in the deep rough of your arguments. I'm not trying to tell you what to think. I am hoping you may try thinking, just for the novelty.
                          Last edited by Old Pio; 03-20-2012, 02:34 AM.
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                          • Re: Nice Planet 2011

                            While I would prefer the Israeli way of security, it'd never pass here, because it's basically profiling. The politicians here would have a field day with it, and don't even start with the media/other assorted talking heads.
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                            • Re: Nice Planet 2011

                              Originally posted by Brenthoven View Post
                              While I would prefer the Israeli way of security, it'd never pass here, because it's basically profiling. The politicians here would have a field day with it, and don't even start with the media/other assorted talking heads.
                              I remember the first time I visited my folks after they moved to Brownsville, TX. My dad and I took a walk down across the river into Matamoros. On the way back (you didn't need a passport yet) the guard looked at my CO driver's license, asked me some really benign question like, "how's your day?" then asked when I moved to Denver, and then where I was from. It was interesting. And pretty astute. I'm pretty sure that when I answered the benign question, he caught the Chicago in my accent, then asked a question that I would have no problem answering (and that he already knew the answer to), unless maybe I'm up to no good somehow and had to stumble for an answer. What you said about the Israeli system reminds me of that.

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                              • Re: Nice Planet 2011

                                Originally posted by Brenthoven View Post
                                While I would prefer the Israeli way of security, it'd never pass here, because it's basically profiling. The politicians here would have a field day with it, and don't even start with the media/other assorted talking heads.
                                It's not basically profiling. It IS profiling. It's behavior profiling. That isn't the problem. The problem is it requires highly trained, probably highly paid people to do this. Who's going to pay for it? The airlines? The government? HA!
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