Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Life is Dangerous

(YouTube video)

Retired Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney wants to be very serious and harsh about profiling. He wants to strip search all 18-28 year old Muslim men at the airport. This isn't "racial profiling" according to him. It's just "profiling."

Here are my random thoughts:
  • We'll see more 29-year-old terrorists.
  • We'll see more female terrorists.
  • We'll see more exploding diapers on children.
  • We'll see more terrorists wearing crosses around their necks.
  • We won't see any of this because terrorists will pick new targets.
  • Osama Bin Laden will do the next attack himself because he can fly without being strip searched.
  • I'm not sure any new rules will stop a terrorist who is willing to die.
  • Is it just me, or did McInerney seem a little bit aroused over his own plans?
  • Somebody at FOX News didn't like this idea? Wow.
Also, relying on stereotypes is ineffective and dangerous. Being against this type of profiling is not "political correctness."

And I said this a few days ago, but it's worth repeating: this isn't security. It's a useless, knee-jerk reaction.

On a related note, another bloviating radio host wants to "scrutinize anybody with the name Abdul." What? She's not even on American Idol anymore. Leave her alone.


Trung said...

singling out a specific group is "racial profiling" despite how much mr. mcinerney wants to rationalize that it's just simply "profiling." how about if the tsa trains its agents properly and hire people who are competent? you would think airport security would be paramount, especially after 9/11, but it's nothing more than lax and reactionary. the best way to stop the terrorism, imho, is to stop participating in it.

fizak said...

McInerney Calls for More Strip-Searching: 6-15 Year Old Muslim Boys are Next

Kristen said...

Thanks for the link fizak. It humorously echoes my feelings about McInerney.