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Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

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Jewish World Review Nov. 17, 2010/ 10 Kislev, 5771

Grope and Change

By Arnold Ahlert




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Perhaps I am overly prudish, but the thought of a complete stranger groping my genitalia as a prerequisite for boarding an airplane is a bridge too far. Of course one can opt for a full body scan instead, which is essentially a digitized version of a strip search accompanied by a healthy enough dose of radiation that pilots and flight attendants are refusing to submit to it. Just before the busiest travel season of the year, these are the two, and only two options our government offers us if we intend to use air travel as our transportation choice.

Americans, quite rightly, are outraged by such an unseemly invasion of one's personal space. Not merely because such an invasion itself is uncomfortable and best and demeaning at worst, but because government-enforced gropes and peeps are the triumph of political correctness over common sense and common decency. Even more importantly, the ultimate destination of political correctness itself is also revealed: American airports are well on their way to becoming de facto totalitarian states.

Such an assessment is no longer arguable. When the state commands the power to subject citizens to a full-body search without the slightest concern for reasonable suspicion or probable cause, they are effectively obliterating one of the bedrock principals of our Constitution, aka the presumption of innocence. They do this because political correctness demands a subjugation of reality to a preconceived — and utterly misguided — notion of "fairness."

In other words, despite over three decades of terrorist attacks perpetrated almost exclusively by Muslims, and of those Muslims, a subset of males between the ages of 17 and 45, government is determined to remain "equally suspicious" of everybody. Thus, grandmothers and four year olds are compelled to submit in equal proportions, lest charges of "Islamophobia" or "bigotry" and the inevitable litigation those charges would engender arise.

Such litigation is the mother's milk of political correctness. It makes genuine airport security an actionable offense. It is also a boon for terrorists. Once it becomes necessary to subject everyone to the same procedure that could be reserved for those who fit a particular profile or behavioral pattern, the numbers, as they say, on the terrorists' side. A thousand random searches is far likelier to produce a careless, bureaucratically-inspired error than a hundred purposeful ones would.

Americans are well-acquainted with the shortcomings of large bureaucracies in general, the Transportation Security Administration's dubious track record in particular. For example, it didn't matter that would-be Christmas Eve bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's own father notified the State Department that his son had been radicalized, and could be a potential threat. Such information ended up in bureaucratic limbo, and his name was never added to the no-fly list that would have prevented him from boarding the plane. Nothing but the incompetence of the bomb-maker and/or Abdulmutallab himself, coupled with the alertness of a passenger, prevented a major tragedy.

Adding insult to incompetence, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano proclaimed "the system worked." Really? Then why have full body scans and institutionalized groping become the new imperative?

Because profiling is a non-starter with the politically correct crowd. Thus the "reasoning" becomes circular: because profiling is forbidden, we must examine everyone, which increases the possibility of error. The increased possibility of error necessitates increasing amounts of stringency, which must be continually ratcheted up — in order to avoid profiling.

Is profiling discriminatory? Certainly irrational profiling is. But what if it is based on the aforementioned statistical reality that the overwhelming preponderance of terrorist attacks are committed by a particular group of people? The overwhelming hypocrisy of political correctness is revealed when singling out certain groups of people for different treatment is called something else — like affirmative action, for example. The PC crowd which disdains racial profiling at airports has no problem when certain racial groups are singled out for different treatment in the workplace, on college campuses, or in government contracts.

Yet if different treatment is acceptable when it applies to a minority, why can't the same reasoning apply to the majority? Why can't we assume that the majority of people attempting to fly are innocent, and use limited resources to focus on people statistically more inclined towards terrorism? That is precisely what the Israelis do, and El-Al airlines hasn't been subjected to a terrorist attack in over thirty years. Their focus is unapologetically aimed at profiling — both people's behavior, which is probably the most effective method of determining a potential problem, and giving special attention to Muslim males between the ages of 17 and 45.

If published news reports are accurate, Americans have reached the breaking point. They are incensed by a government whose adherence to the ideological purity of PC has turned air travel from a major inconvenience into thoroughly intimidating and humiliating experience for millions of people. It is bad enough to be groped or scanned personally. But it must also absolutely enrage a father, for example, to watch his underage children having their crotches probed, or their grandmother being subjected to a full-body scan.

But there is a bigger concern as well. What happens if terrorists pull off a successful attack on a train or a bus? What if they target schools or shopping malls? Would the government be inclined to expand their totalitarian mini-universe beyond the limits of our airports? Would Americans actually submit to gropes and scans in order to go shopping? Is such a question far-fetched?

Anyone who has witnessed the exponential expansion of "security" cameras in the public arena can imagine what a series of terrorist attacks might beget in terms of a government determined to "make people feel safer." We have already rendered Ben Franklin's idea that "they who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety" virtually obsolete. And with respect to airports, we've done so with only marginal resistance — until now.

When 9/11 occurred, Americans were hectored not to radically alter their lifestyles. To do so, we were told, would be "letting the terrorists win." If lining people up like cattle for a group-peep or a group-grope — in order to protect political correctness — isn't a victory for terrorism, one would be hard-pressed to imagine what is. Even more distressing, it is the same PC mentality which prevents us from fully engaging the radical Islam which begets the terror, which begets the spectacle airport "security" has become.

To be fair, Americans who are "tired of war" have to decide whether being humiliated at airports is a fair tradeoff for engaging in half-hearted "contingency operations" against radical Islam both at home and abroad. We have to decide whether giving radical Islamic preachers, teachers and prison chaplains free reign to promote domestic jihadism, while we stand essentially naked before a TSA employee, is in our best interests.

Terrorists who are dead, jailed or hiding caves don't blow up airplanes.

As for profiling Muslims, no one likes to see any group of people bear the burden of suspicion for the actions of a radical minority. But reality is reality, and perhaps such reality has an upside: maybe so-called moderate Muslims will begin helping America root out the bad actors in their midst, even if it's for no other reason than the self-interest of making travel less of a burden for themselves. Right now only one thing is certain: if government persists in maintaining the current procedures, the airline industry is headed for oblivion.

Isn't bankrupting the airline industry a victory for terrorism?

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Previously:


11/14/10:
Taking Back Our Country, One School At a Time
11/11/10: Checks (and Balances), Please
11/08/10: Curtain Up, Progressives Down
11/04/10: Last Chance, Republicans
11/01/10: By Their Own Words Shall Ye Know Them
10/28/10: Progressive Determination to Undermine American Elections
10/25/10: Shock, but more importantly, action: De-Unionize Public Schools now
10/20/10: Multiculturalism? Check, Please
10/18/10: Healthcare: ‘Alice in Wonderland’ vs. The Constitution
10/11/10: Vote for Restoring the Rule of Law in November
10/11/10: Dems: Running From Clarity
10/07/10: Hypersensitive Hogwash
10/04/10: ‘Comprehensive’ Con Artists
09/29/10: Why Dems Are Going Down in November
09/27/10: The Unholiest of Unholy Alliances
09/22/10: Two Words for Republicans to Remember: ‘I Won’
09/20/10: Purging ‘Me First’ Politicians
09/17/10: No More ‘Lesser of Two Evils’
09/15/10: ‘Recovery’ Arms Race
09/13/10: ‘Bigots’ in the Majority --- Again?
09/09/10: Giving Voters Something to Vote For
09/07/10: Irresponsible Dems, Incomprehensible Bills
09/02/10: War Weary Americans vs. Implacable Islamists
08/31/10: A ‘Dream’ Debased
08/25/10: American ‘Bigots’ Versus Media Propagandists
08/23/10: Recovery Bummer
08/19/10: An Unholy Alliance of Radicals
08/16/10: You've Lost America, Mr. President
08/13/10: The Twin Towers of Progressive Disconnect
08/11/10: A Far Better ‘National Discussion’
08/09/10: It's ‘Only’ One Dead Nun
08/06/10: Incremental Tyranny
08/04/10: Ground Zero Mosque: Context Counts
08/02/10: The Arizona Ruling: a Gift for November
07/29/10: The United Cities of America
07/26/10: JournoList: ‘Coordinated’ Ideological Bankruptcy
07/20/10: Go For Broke Or Get Out of the Way
07/14/10: You're a Liberal/Progressive if You Believe…
07/12/10: $33-an-hour--For Sleeping On the Job
07/08/10: Extortionist Government
07/06/10: ‘Commerce Clause’ Totalitarians
07/01/10: Another Public School Travesty in MA
06/30/10: Calling YOUR Bluff, Mr. President
06/28/10: A Trifecta of Progressive Corruption
06/23/10: Plug the Darn Hole --- In Our Border
06/21/10: Our Empty-Suit-in-Chief
06/16/10: Betraying Our Children
06/14/10: Who Gets the Benefit of the Doubt?
06/07/10: Politically Correct Warfare
06/01/10: Bill Maher's ‘Black’ President
05/25/10: A Mosque At Ground Zero
05/23/10: Libs Stand Tall --- For Mexico
05/19/10: The 'Unintended Consequences' of Liberalism
05/17/10: 'Los' Suns: Stuck on Stupido
05/12/10: Union Audacity: Yes We Will!
05/10/10: Greeks, Leaks and and Double-Speak
05/05/10: Twelve Million Illegals --- or Thirty?
05/02/10: Republicans: Playing Not to Lose Doesn't Cut It
04/28/10: Arizona: Progressivism's Waterloo?
04/26/10: Son of Amnesty
04/22/10: Mortgages and Moral Meltdowns
04/20/10: Bashing Christians — Or Gays?
04/15/10: Personal Integri-‘tea’
04/12/10: Fools, Tools and Ghouls
04/08/10: (Tea) Party On
04/05/10: The Triumph of Mediocrity
04/02/10: Two For the Road
03/29/10: The Innate Immorality of Liberalism
03/24/10: The Art of War
03/22/10: I Want My Country Back
03/18/10: A Perpetual Process
03/17/10: American Exhibitionists
03/15/10: A Light Bulb Moment of Clarity
03/10/10: Little Things Mean A Lot
02/03/10: Budgetary Fork in the Road
02/01/10: Liberal Economic Illiteracy
01/27/10: ‘Roe-ing and Wade-ing’ Back to Reason
01/25/10: Arrogance When Up, Denial When Down
01/20/10: Connecting the Educational Dots
01/19/10: The Next Tea Party?
01/15/10: The Myth That Keeps on Giving
01/13/10: Airport Security Begins Away From the Airport
01/11/10: Secrets and Lies
01/08/10: Embracing Bigotry — or Rejecting Bullying?
01/06/10: Hanging by an Ideological Thread
01/04/10: Our ‘Wonderama’ Bureaucracy
12/30/09: A Day Off
12/28/09: Dangerous Myths
12/25/09: I, Me, Mine
12/23/09: A Very Harry Christmas
12/21/09: My Opinon
12/18/09: The Party of Repeal
12/15/09: Privileged Exemption
11/30/09: ‘Settled’ Science and Unsettled Children
11/30/09: American Sharia Law
11/23/09:The Trial (Travesty) of the Century
11/04/09: American Vampires and Their Political Enablers
11/01/09: ‘Opting Out’ of Insanity?
10/28/09: Cell Phones Cause Brain Cancer. Brain Required
10/26/09: Communism: Nazism With Better PR
10/21/09: Just Asking
10/16/09: Cost Projections vs. Actual Costs, or Hope and Change vs. Reality
10/14/09: News you can use …
10/07/09: Incremental Insidiousness
10/05/09: MIA: Common Sense and Common Decency
09/30/09: Iran: Bad Options and Unpreparedness
09/21/09: Crying Racism: the Last Refuge of Scoundrels
09/11/09: 9/11 Cannot Be Sanitized
09/08/09: ‘Truthers’ and Consequences
09/01/09: A ‘Paper Trail’ Challenge for the Mainstream Media
08/31/09: Drowning in Amorality
08/26/09: The Republican Recovery Program

© 2010, Arnold Ahlert

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