Originally Posted by SDW2001
This video of a 6 year old getting somewhat intrusively searched has me quite concerned when I fly with my 7 year old daughter this June. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ba030..._safety_mode=1
Notice how the agent does the whole "in the pants band" search. If this happens to my daughter, I'm not sure I'm going to be able to contain myself. I most likely will keep it together to preserve the trip (going to Disney World...,,my daughter's Mecca), but anything more and I'll be spending some time in jail....and I'll think it's worth it. No one is touching my daughter in any fashion even one IOTA more than what is shown....period.
We've not discussed the TSA recently. I support many of our search efforts. And as many of you know, I'm not civil liberties alarmist. I support the warrantless wiretapping of suspected terrorists, military tribunals, the "enemy combatant" designation in most cases (not all), and many of the PATRIOT Act provisions. But I draw the line at the government indiscriminately sticking its hands down my or my family's pants.
And why..WHY are we not looking for TERRORISTS?!?! Why are we not behavior profiling and using race as at least ONE component? Some ask if we should be paying more attention to those with middle eastern backgrounds. I say absolutely.
What do you think about this video? How far is too far? What would you do in that parent's place?
How do they know you're not a terrorist? Because you're
not dark skinned, or Muslim?
Here's a link to the FBI's terrorism statistics (in the US) from 1980 to 2005:http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/pu...05/terror02_05
Searching through the above list, terrorist incidents by middle easterners/Muslims are few and far between, compared to other groups and demographics.
The threat of "middle eastern radicalization" and Islamic terrorism is exaggerated. Even the corporate weasel-media, which has itself been a principle vehicle for terrorizing Americans via sensationalist fear mongering, especially in the last 10 years, included this article:http://edition.cnn.com/2010/US/01/06...ization.study/
Even the Rand Organization acknowledge that we have been sold a bill of goods re. radical Islam and terrorism in the US. The number of people killed by "Jihadists" in the US since 9/11 is a big round Zero.http://www.rand.org/pubs/occasional_...RAND_OP292.pdf
Similarly in Europe.. a supposed hotbed of fundamentalist Islam and terrorism by such, studies indicate that terrorism by that demographic is a tiny minority
or the total. 99.6% of terrorist attacks in Europe from 2007 to date were by non-Muslim groups; a good 84.8% of attacks were from separatist groups completely unrelated to Islam.http://www.europol.europa.eu/index.a...ions&language=
There is a 100 times greater chance of being struck by lightning than succumbing to a terrorist's bomb or bullet... and in that unlikely scenario, the terrorist in question is more likely to be white and non-Muslim.
Americans have been indoctrinated for decades to distrust, or hate Muslims. And this broad climate of opinion has been used opportunistically, especially by the prior and current administrations, to continue a very long holy war, or in Bush's unguarded words, a 'crusade', niot just in the Middle East, but also here at home.
I am no fan of Obama (I didn't vote for him the 2008 election either)... but what is the real reason why so many people reckon that Obama is a Muslim? Because in this country, many people view Islam as "the enemy", especially since the demise of the "commies" as a convenient whipping boy... and equating Obama's faith with Islam is seen as, and used in an accusatory
Then there is the absurd broad opinion that terrorists are more attracted to airports than anywhere else... the highest security locations in the country....
All terrorists are middle eastern muslims with beards and brown skin. This is not racial profiling, but pure hatred and racism, based on a series of big fat lies and decades of media bullshit.
SDW, how much more evidence do you need to convince you that you too, have been sold a big fat lie? Perhaps your comfort zone won't allow a realistic take on this?