TSA ineffectual against terrorists

What do a groped-up granny, a terrified toddler and the latest foiled terrorist attack on a U.S.-bound jet have in common?

Absolutely nothing. That’s the problem.

Yesterday, while the U.S. intelligence community was taking a well-deserved victory lap after stopping the next generation of Islamist IEDs from taking out a plane, the Transportation Security Administration was making headlines like: “Inept TSA Breaks Diabetic Teen’s $10,000 Insulin Pump.”

The 16-year-old showed up at the Denver airport with a note from her doctor and a request that she be patted down rather than scanned. The TSA ignored the note, broke her pump, endangered her life. And then, being the TSA (Total Stupidity, Always), still patted her down.

That’s just the story from yesterday. You’ve seen the video of the little girl screaming for her mom as some TSA goon gropes her crotch; or the wheelchair-bound granny with a stranger’s hand in her pants; or — my favorite from last month — the 4-year-old declared a “dangerous suspect” because she hugged her grandma at the security gate.

So finally an actual plot has been foiled, a real-live bomb has been kept off a plane, and what role was played by the TSA? None.

In fact, the Christian Science Monitor reports that, “It was not clear whether new body scanners used in many airports would have detected” the Underwear Bomb 2.0. And speculation has been revived that al-Qaeda is working on bombs implanted in the wannabe martyrs’ bodies.

In other words, the next (as Janet Napolitano calls it) “little ping” on your privates will be completely pointless. The terrorists have already beaten the system.

But that’s been the problem from the beginning: You can’t beat the terrorists by playing defense. Forget the fact that the TSA didn’t stop this bombing. Can you name a bomb plot they have foiled?

The first underwear bomber made it on to the plane. So did the Times Square bomber, whose plane had to be stopped on the tarmac. Did airport screening stop the “printer cartridge bombs” from getting placed on cargo planes? No. And the shoe bomber was caught, not by the Grope Patrol, but by his fellow passengers.

It is simply impossible to keep a determined, suicidal force from ever getting past your security. What we need is what stopped this bomb: Intelligence. Aggressive, on-the-ground, Muslim-group-targeting intelligence.

According to ABC News, “the al-Qaeda bomb cell in Yemen was successfully infiltrated by an inside source who secretly worked for the CIA and several other intelligence agencies.”

We’re not “infiltrating” Disney travelers. Why? Because it makes no sense. Instead, the intelligence community infiltrates extremist Muslim groups because that’s where the vast majority of bad guys are.

So why do we treat every passenger like an al-Qaeda suspect? Why do we as citizens put up with it?

I love how the reaction to this new, undetectable bomb from TSA supporters has been “This proves we should be abusing passengers even more!” The answer for their uselessness and stupidity is more useless stupidity.

No more. Fire the TSA and let the airlines and airports handle security. Make the screeners part of customer service, not government unions. And if granny and her 4-year-old really are terrorists, let the CIA catch them.

By Michael Graham

[Source: Boston Herald]

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