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New TSA Procedures Are Not The Answer

Posted By James Carafano On January 3, 2010 @ 6:07 pm In Security | Comments Disabled

Today, TSA announced [1] a new round of security checks for international flights. Extra security in the wake of the failed underwear bound bomb for Detroit made sense as a measure of over abundance of caution [2]. A rash of new permanent procedures, however, appears more like a knee-jerk response than anything else. Requiring one hundred percent inspections on travelers from 14 “terrorist” countries is a kind of feel good, but useless idea. Terrorists route their attacks through the international air hubs that are not the most suspicious. Nor is geography an indicator of security. Remember 9/11 was launched from a domestic airport. The Christmas Day attack could have been launched from a domestic flight too. Why are we preparing to thwart the last attack instead of the next one? Real security [3] does not come from throwing billions of more dollars at aviation security. It comes from getting the terrorists. Shame on the administration for introducing a bunch of measures that will inconvenience all of us just so it can say it is doing something…rather than doing its job and going after the terrorists.

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[1] TSA announced: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,581830,00.html

[2] over abundance of caution: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/stopping_terror_before_takeoff_hh3OygjsQ4f8fLIWaJksRO

[3] Real security: http://www.heritage.org/Research/HomelandSecurity/wm2742.cfm

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