"Since terrorists win by blowing up airplanes, buildings and trains, many people assume that whenever they fail to blow up anything, they lose. Unfortunately, this isn't so. Terrorists don't have to blow up anything to win. They win by reducing travellers to Alcatraz inmates. They win by turning free countries into police states."Technology and ever greater efforts to screen people while taking no allowance to rely on human judgment plays directly into the hands of those that would subdue us, apparently as noticed by everyone, all the while allowing real threats to pass through unhindered.
"Authorities that waste time confiscating toiletries from Miami matrons had cheerfully waved aboard (1) a 23-year-old Muslim male (2) from Nigeria (3) travelling without luggage, (4) who had purchased a one-way ticket with cash at the airport, (5) was already on a terrorist watch list and (6) had been denounced by his own father for being a radical. What could a $100,000 full body scanner tell officials about a man who all but had "suicide bomber" pasted on his forehead?Unfortunately Mr. Jonas, arming ourselves with common sense is a weopon we have decided is too dangerous to be allowed in the fight against Islamic extremists.
Body-scanning without profiling passengers for ethnicity, religion and, especially, behaviour is a waste. Technology may supplement common sense; it can't supplant it."