Even Though Pat Down Searches And Body Scans Are Invasive, They Are Needed

There is one thing I know for sure. Those who wish to do America harm are dedicated to our destruction and will not stop at their attempts to maim and kill us. I would compare the fanaticism of the current crop of terrorists to what this country experienced during World War II fighting the Japanese. The Japanese military instilled in their troops a doctrine of no surrender, no matter if it meant your death. During the war there were numerous accounts of Japanese soldiers charging into massive machine gun fire, only to be slaughtered by the hundreds. The only way we were able to defeat the Japanese was by a massive display of weapons and finally technology in the use of two atomic bombs to force a surrender.

So when I read about one person making it a personal mission to try to stop pat down searches and body scans, it makes me wonder. Is it going to take another 9-11 for us to understand how serious the threat is?

One recent article states:

It’s not clear how many people truly sympathize with Tyner’s cause. A USA Today/Gallup poll released last week said that 78 percent of air travelers approve of full-body scanners in airports and 84 percent believe the scanners would prevent explosives from being carried on a plane. Some 98 percent of passengers say they would rather have a full-body scan than a pat-down search.

“We ask the American people to play an important part of our layered defense,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano wrote in Monday’s USA Today. “We ask for cooperation, patience and a commitment to vigilance in the face of a determined enemy.”

Believe me when I say I do understand that the body scans and pat down searches are invasive. But the people who are trying to destroy us are smart. Smart enough to get around some of the past security measures. Some say that searching a 90-year-old grandma is dumb. But is it hard to imagine the bad guys using an older woman to sneak a bomb onto a plane?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Source – VentureBeat

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  1. Bryan Price says:

    Would the tactics used today in airport passenger screening prevent what happened on 9/11/2001?


    Other things, like making the cockpit door a fortress have.

    But screening passengers?


    Get a clue.

  2. leftystrat says:

    I believe that the most dangerous people who are bent on destruction are more local than you think.

    This is yet another ridiculous invasion of our privacy and rights.
    C’mon – shoe and underwear bombers?

    One can’t help but notice the mfgrs of xray machines are doing well these days…..

  3. Ron Schenone says:

    Hi Bryan,
    I believe that the new screening measures would have prevented the terrorists on 9-11 from arming themselves
    with box cutters. I do agree that stronger cockpit doors have also contributed to our safety.

  4. Phil says:

    If you think it is necessary to loose a freedom in order to travel by airplane then the terrorists have won. If it could be shown that the scanning and body searches have stopped any attacks then I would reconsider.

  5. leftystrat says:

    Submitted for your amusement.

  6. Doug says:

    I agree with the author, the ‘bad guys’ are fairly smart and resourceful. No matter what security measures are in place, they will manage to circumvent them.

    So, therefore, radiation body scanners and invasive sexual assault are not effective, but are used to ‘strip’ away your personal freedom.

    As a male, can I request a female in ‘inspect’ me? Might as well get some benefit out of this. I really don’t wont a dude having his way with me. I’d pay extra. Is it wrong to tip them afterwords?

    Do you want this to go away? It’s simple. Everybody who gets ‘inspected’ act like they are really, really enjoying it. Then light up a cigarette afterwords. How comfortable would the inspectors be?

  7. WereBo says:

    What happened to the concept of ‘Innocent until proven guilty’? With the TSA’s record of near non-existent background staff checks, would you want a paedophile performing an intimate body-search on your child? or a molester groping your partner?

    Even the pilots and airline staff are searched, every time they go to board a plane, despite being vetted by the airlines (and the airlines do a damn sight better job than the TSA!)

    Here’s an article by a US-Airways pilot, it’s scary reading….


    And here’s an article by the Director of Security at Ben Gurion Airport Israel, possibly the most targeted airport in the world:


    Which would YOU say is working more effectively?

  8. Sam Spruce says:

    1: Japan had already surrendered but the “allies” wanted to test the bomb!
    2: Though you might think “9/11″ was bad, Osama only managed half the daily average for the entire hundred years of the 20th century. (Check it out: http://www.toxicdrums.com/death-toll-counter.html)
    3: Terrorism is the evolution of war from the mistaken psychopathic perspective of the ‘objective’ view of the ‘enemy’ to the realisation that the problem, like paranoia, is an internal thing.
    Overall it is clear that the political representation of terrorism is like diagnosing children with ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder see: http://www.toxicdrums.com/odd.html) when it was the adults that screwed them up in the first place. And it is the politicians we need to be afraid of!

  9. Nicole says:

    I believe when we allow our personal freedoms and rights guaranteed by the constitution to be systematically stripped from us; then the terrorists have already won.

    They don’t have to kill anyone else for us to live in fear; just act like they might and we jump through ourselves to strip away privacy and decency.

  10. Arne says:

    These “security” measures are far too intrusive and not really effective. It has been passengers who have stopped many attacks. We need more trained and vetted air marshals/pilots/flight crew who can stop a terrorist. No amount of security can stop someone trained to use their body as a weapon.

  11. motwera says:

    What? I thought this is for blogging like a pro..
    Wrong link, Lockergnome, wrong link…