By HERB KEINON
From the Jerusalam Post, my comments will be interspersed throughout with some apologies to the author and none to the idiots trying to make this a police state…
Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano tells ‘Post’ that the US, like Israel, has “Intelligence based” methods that focuses on travelers.
But it doesn’t, it focuses on nothing. That’s why we search grandmothers and my 9 year old but let muslim women have a pass because it’s against their religion to drop the veil. The TSA isn’t focusing on the threat, they are focusing on inconvenience to everybody in the name of security theater.
US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano on Tuesday deflected criticism that the American aviation safety system should be more like the Israeli one, telling The Jerusalem Post there is no one “cookie cutter” approach to security.
“One of the key differences obviously is one of size and scale,” Napolitano – in the country for two days – said in an interview. “Israel has one major international airport, which processes about 11 million enplanements a year. We did 770 million enplanements a year last year, out of 450 airports. So size and scale require some different approaches. But the goal is the same, the protection of the traveling public.”
Asked whether it would not be more efficient for the US – like Israel – to focus on seeking out the terrorist even if it entails profiling passengers, rather than looking for bomb-making material on every single passenger, Napolitano said it was as a “misconception” to think that in the US “we only do aviation security at the gate.
Apparently you don’t do much of it there. The terrorist attempts in this country have all been stopped by passengers. In fact the terrorist that tried to light up Times Square was found ON AN AIRPLANE because your vaunted “technology data bases” don’t work worth a damn.
“We actually have an intelligencebased approach that does focus on travelers, and that begins before the traveler arrives at the airport. We have a multilayered approach that is intelligencebased,” she said.
The technology at the airport is “the last line of protection before the plane takes off,” she added.
Technology is never the last line of defense you idiot, people are –ask the US Marines. You defeat the enemy with boots on the ground, or in the case, cops at the airport. You look in peoples’ eyes, not through a monitor but at the point, in the terminal, on the curb outside the terminal. Technology is a tool, like a hammer or a sidearm.
Napolitano, speaking on her way to Ben-Gurion Airport to inspect the system in place there, said that the US did have “behavior detection officers” at airports who were not seen.
“We do different things at different airports so that terrorists cannot rely on predictability in their arsenal,” she said.
And then you post them on the internet so everybody knows, meanwhile crapping all over a frustrated pilot who points out the same flaws I, personally, told Congress about eight years ago.
In addition, there were agreements in place “in terms of sharing information about passengers who have purchased tickets, in terms of their identities.
There are a whole set of things that happen before you even see a scanner at the airport,” she said.
But they couldn’t keep the Times Square bomber off an airplane, could they?
Regarding the highly controversial full-body pat-downs that have recently been put into place in US airports, Napolitano said there was no plan in the immediate future to change that procedure.
“We have actually been moving passengers speedily through the system, and part of it is that people are adjusting to the new system,” she said.
Because eventually people will get used to anything, even having their rights and persons violated in the name of National Security. Again “Big Brother” is here and he’s at the airport.
“As with anything we are always refining – procedures, technology and the like – but I don’t see any major change in the near future on that score.”
This must be where LASP, SD-8G, Operation Playbook, etc., etc., etc. comes in. Once again, a security program in search of a threat. You refuse to target where the threat is, you do everything in your power to bring everyone down to that level. Listen again to the broadcast on these pages of Senator Rockefeller (D-WV) at Pistole’s confirmation hearing. It’s about General Aviation feeling the same pain a passenger on an airliner feels. That’s all. Nothing about increases in security, nothing about safety, protection of infrastructure, just sharing the pain.
Napolitano met for nearly an hour on Tuesday with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and said the conversation focused on how to deal with illegal immigration, as well as the issue of cyber security.
Regarding illegal immigration, Napolitano said the discussion dealt with both how the US physically secured its long borders with Canada and Mexico, as well as with how the legal system dealt with illegal migrants.
That must be why the US government is suing Arizona…
Israel is building a physical and technological barrier along the 240-km. border with Egypt to keep out illegal migrants coming from Africa via Sinai.
Napolitano has also met since she arrived on Monday with President Shimon Peres, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, Intelligence Agencies Minister Dan Meridor and Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz.
Napolitano said the purpose of her visit, the first in her position as secretary of homeland security, was to “show that the US has long-standing unwavering support of Israel, and that we really share a common interest on the security side.”
Napolitano’s visit followed stops in Ireland, Afghanistan and Qatar.
We have a new Congress now, and while I’m not a big fan of Congress, they do hold the purse strings and that’s what gets people’s attention. It is not necessary for you or your five year old to be groped, it is necessary for the terrorist threat in this county to be stopped. There are ways to do that, they are not politically correct.Posted: January 6th, 2011 | Author: admin | Filed under: Uncategorized