Tuesday, May 8, 2012
How Will The Latest Foiled Terrorist Plot Disrupt Airport Security?
The US uncovered a new terrorist plot to explode a bomb on a plane that is much like the "underwear" bomb only more sophisticated. Thank you and congratulations to the intelligence agents who foiled that plot. (You can read more about it here.)
As I watched the news reports roll in, one thing nagged at me, why an underwear bomb? And one thing stuck out-- TSA. We, in America, already have a humiliating security screening at the airport. First we take off our shoes, then we step through a machine that shows us in all our glory, or we get patted down in a way our doctors wouldn't even do. Terrorists want terror. They want us to be afraid to live normal lives. By moving bombs this way they do a number of things. First if the bomb goes off, they win. Second, if the guy gets caught, but it makes Americans afraid to travel they win. And third, by forcing more and more invasive security searches, that remove more and more privacy and freedom, they win.
Each time a grandmother is searched by the TSA- the terrorists laugh.
I don't know how to solve the problem. We want to be safe, but we also want our privacy to be safe. Maybe we could learn a thing or two from Isreal?