I have been reading the profile debate, the 4th amendment debate and the groping debate surrounding the TSA.
I worked for an airline at JFK for 25 years and after many hijackings, bombings and exploding aircraft–a profile was established–one way tickets paid in cash and no baggage checked. The ticket counter was littered with photos of possible “suspects” all were Muslim males — but the words Muslim males were purposely left off the profiles, even though “they” knew that since 1974 ALL acts of terrorism were committed by Muslim males with one way cash tickets checking no baggage.
Names were not computerized then just bad photo copies handed out to the employees to “watch for”.
On Sept 11 2001 all 19 of the hijackers had one way cash tickets and checked no baggage RED FLAG had there been the addition of the politically incorrect Muslim males 19-30 to the one way cash ticket no baggage checked profile as Israeli security does that would have warranted the additional security screening of these 19, not whole airports of groping every passenger. But these 19 would have been selected for further screening and as Israel does questioning them with perhaps “So Mr. Atta you live in Florida and you flew to New England for a flight to California WTF did you do that for?” So Mr. Ali, you live in Phoenix and here you are with Mr. Atta who is from Florida and you too are in New England on your way to California WTF are you guys up to? ” “Hey what do you need these box cutters for??”
This is what Israel does, it profiles and then asks the obvious as well as the not so obvious questions to those they select for further security, they have no fear of calls of discrimination from those they select.
But fear of complaints of discrimination in the US prevented us singling these 19 out for questioning and fear of calls of discrimination allowed 19 terrorists to board aircraft with the intent to murder.
If on that beautiful calm September morning the US did profiles passengers the way Israel does… PROFILE, One way cash tickets with no baggage checked for example and PROFILE as Israel does included Muslim male with suspect agendas or itineraries – a mere 19 of the thousands of passengers that traveled that morning would have been targeted “probable cause to search” and subjected to body searches, keeping our 4th amendment in tack – protected from improbable cause for search and seizure for the general population.
Yes on September 11, 2001 — only 19 would have been searched and sent for further questioning, not hundreds of children, not hundreds of 80 year old men, not even hundreds of Muslims ONLY 19.
I am thinking that 3000 families would be sitting down to a very different Thanksgiving Day dinner.