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    handys003 Male 50-59
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    November 21, 2010 at 2:44 pm
    Link: TSA Strip Searches Young Boy--STRIP SEARCH!? - Pedo Bear has found a new home to rule. This is bat poo insane now.
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    rammo34 Male 18-29
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    November 21, 2010 at 2:55 pm

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    ScottSerious Male 18-29
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    November 21, 2010 at 2:56 pm
    that is ridiculous
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    SvampeBob Male 18-29
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    November 21, 2010 at 3:08 pm
    ahh good old land of the free XD good for pedo bear now he wont go to jail if he touches children but that means that he also need to touch old people :-/
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    CodeJockey Male 40-49
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    November 21, 2010 at 3:08 pm
    I hope someone showed this to congress.
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    Mailbox Male 18-29
    255 posts
    November 21, 2010 at 3:10 pm
    they gang up on a kid??
    o_0
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    CodeJockey Male 40-49
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    November 21, 2010 at 3:12 pm
    Rammo, that goes straight into my de-motive screen saver at work.
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    ggolbez Male 18-29
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    November 21, 2010 at 3:13 pm
    Invasion of privacy. Remember the underwear bomber? The guy`s dad informed the FBI about him a week prior to the incident. He was known to have been a member of Al Qaeda. And they STILL let him on the plane. You think all of this extra `security` is helping anything? It`s not. All it is doing is promoting fear into people. And isn`t that the goal of terrorists anyhow? Congratulations, America. You`re doing the terrorists jobs for them. Let`s all live in fear and sacrifice or freedoms.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    November 21, 2010 at 3:21 pm
    Thats so so wrong!
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    November 21, 2010 at 3:31 pm
    underwear bomber = Fruit of Kaboom
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    madest Male 40-49
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    November 21, 2010 at 4:00 pm
    This isn`t American. The madness must stop.
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    duffytoler Male 40-49
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    November 21, 2010 at 4:06 pm
    So wrong. FIRE PISTOLE!
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    radoinc Male 18-29
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    November 21, 2010 at 4:07 pm
    There you go, idiots saying that if you don`t want to be strip searched you shouldn`t fly.
    I hope you feel secure enough now.
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    deltaumarcus Male 18-29
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    November 21, 2010 at 4:12 pm
    .....
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    SmilinSam Female 18-29
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    November 21, 2010 at 4:16 pm
    ya know, terrorists have always HAD the ability to do things to airplanes, nothing happened for YEARS without this kind of batpoo insane hypersecurity... and i believe if we didn`t have this kind of security in place right now, nothing would probably (PROBABLY) happen for years to come as well. but we`ll never know, because if something happens once it changes the world forever.
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    Pooptart19 Male 18-29
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    November 21, 2010 at 4:18 pm
    Thanks a lot, bin Laden.
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    W2 Male 13-17
    244 posts
    November 21, 2010 at 4:30 pm
    yet...people are watching...

    WTF?
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    Sarph Male 18-29
    194 posts
    November 21, 2010 at 4:49 pm
    When I flew from Copenhagen to New York two weeks ago, all I had to do was to confirm that I packed my own luggage. Is this purely domestic or does USA simply trust Scandinavia?
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    Sarph Male 18-29
    194 posts
    November 21, 2010 at 4:51 pm
    Edit: None of my fellow travelers got searched either. I guess once you get inside the international part of the airport you`re secured, and that Denmark isn`t as hysterical on their policies. Can`t wait to travel home though, going to be interesting.
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    xiquiripat Male 18-29
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    November 21, 2010 at 5:09 pm
    If they won`t change their polices at least make their jobs as miserable as possible. Demand a pat down and make audible moaning noises as they go about it. When they are finished say "thank you" and lick your lips and wink. There`s no reason it shouldn`t be as bad for them as it is for you.
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    kw112 Female 13-17
    243 posts
    November 21, 2010 at 5:13 pm
    i thought kids were excused from the pat downs/strip searches....guess not.
    man...im flying to florida on wednesday...i couldnt even hold a straight face when my eye doctor stood really close to me to take a look at my eye the other day....
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    duffytoler Male 40-49
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    November 21, 2010 at 5:14 pm
    Even GEORGE ORWELL didn`t take it this far! WTF?
  23. Profile photo of kw112
    kw112 Female 13-17
    243 posts
    November 21, 2010 at 5:25 pm
    yay for rights! oh wait...
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    xKiesix Female 18-29
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    November 21, 2010 at 5:39 pm
    Sorry, molestation even for the sake of security is still molestation.

    Screw you planes.
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    SlothOfDoom Male 30-39
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    November 21, 2010 at 5:50 pm
    Oh get the drat over yourselves people. how hard do you think it would be to strap a bomb to a kid? Maybe a canister of gas? You Americans whine that you want security because the world is scary, then you whine when you get it. dratin hypocrites.

    Next time someone blows up a plane the people on here bitching and moaning about how overzealous security is right now will be the first ones crying about how poor of a job security does.
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    Bo_SHhaYeB Male 18-29
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    November 21, 2010 at 6:08 pm
    I almost had this happen to me twice but I was lucky I was wearing an undershirt. If you wear a hoddy or something that looks like a jacket. They will make you take it off no matter whats under.
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    Crabcakes Male 30-39
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    November 21, 2010 at 6:17 pm
    @SlothOfDoom: You get the drat over yourself. There`s no goddamn need for this, AT ALL.

    American airport security has been proven a joke at several points. What we need is security like the Israelies use.Their poo is far less invasive and yet still more effective.
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    Trojan Male 18-29
    511 posts
    November 21, 2010 at 6:23 pm
    SlothOfDoom you`re the biggest moron I`ve seen on IAB. You think strip searching a child is a good idea?
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    Nidonemo Male 18-29
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    November 21, 2010 at 6:35 pm
    Oh this is ALL KINDS OF F*CKED UP.
  30. Profile photo of kw112
    kw112 Female 13-17
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    November 21, 2010 at 6:37 pm
    SlothOfDoom: sure this time its a little boy. little boys take their shirts off when swimming and stuff, so i dont think they feel that invaded..even though its still WRONG...but what if its a little girl? even if they do give her a female officer and give her the privacy of a room with a parent..its still WRONG...children that age shouldnt be any kind of naked in front of ANYONE except a parent.
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    SilverThread Male 30-39
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    November 21, 2010 at 6:42 pm
    You know what, fly at your own risk. That`s my take on it. You want to fly cross country and you`re worried about safety? Bring a Goddamn gun and the first son of a whore that decides to start poo gets thrown the hell out.

    This poo won`t stand.

    A man who gives up his freedom for security will attain neither.
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    hammerdrop Male 13-17
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    November 21, 2010 at 6:54 pm
    @Silverthread
    I love that quote, but I believe it`s actually
    "Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both."
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    collegebound Male 18-29
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    November 21, 2010 at 7:02 pm
    sloth there is a right way and a wrong way to do things...this is the wrong way...
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    skyblue_15 Female 18-29
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    November 21, 2010 at 7:18 pm
    this is getting ridiculous. nvm. it`s beyond ridiculous.
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    handys003 Male 50-59
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    November 21, 2010 at 7:27 pm
    Freak every time I see this I get more peeved. Top it all I fly inter-island once a month. They don`t have scanners on the smaller islands yet. I`m interested what`s going to happen when I fly out Thursday.

    Here`s a question for you all. When I unload my carry-ons should I just go ahead and strip down buck naked?

    Hey I know why don`t I give them a real terror alert. I`ll just wear the same underwear from today until through Thursday. Yeah that will give them a surprise.
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    button_guy Male 18-29
    171 posts
    November 21, 2010 at 7:33 pm
    F*** the TSA and Homeland Security.
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    idiotfilter Male 18-29
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    November 21, 2010 at 7:37 pm
    yep....terrorists won
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    the_phantom Male 18-29
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    November 21, 2010 at 7:42 pm
    "they harassing a kid?" "yup" "NICE"
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    yogi2200 Male 18-29
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    November 21, 2010 at 7:43 pm
    this was osama`s plan all along
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    Sarph Male 18-29
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    November 21, 2010 at 7:51 pm
    I`m going to do as xiquiripat says. Denying pat-down or scans is going to cause a bit of a mess though, so if you want to catch your plane you better suck it up. But yeah, make them feel awkward, because they deserve it.
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    dm2754 Male 40-49
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    November 21, 2010 at 8:00 pm
    land of the free
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    BigWaFuu Male 18-29
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    November 21, 2010 at 8:04 pm
    quick the kid has a bomb in his pants! It must be up his butt! Maybe if we insert our penises we can defuse the bomb! Quickly insert your penises faster or the bomb will explode!! Dear god in heaven!
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    nubblins Female 18-29
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    November 21, 2010 at 8:12 pm
    Man, that terrorist is really short. :o
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    Concetra Male 18-29
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    November 21, 2010 at 8:13 pm
    Al Qaeda: 1 USA: 0
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    kummi90 Male 18-29
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    November 21, 2010 at 8:25 pm
    ...but remember guys, their doing it for your FREEDOM. As if that has ever been on stake ...
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    sbeelz Male 30-39
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    November 21, 2010 at 8:42 pm
    "Even GEORGE ORWELL didn`t take it this far! WTF?"

    You`ve read 1984, right? Where the government can see into everyone`s house through the telescreen, and you can be tortured for THNKING anything remotely negative about the government? Yeah, you`re right, pat downs at the airport are way worse. I understand the objection people have to the recent increase in invasiveness at airport security checkpoints, but hyperbole gets old.
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    BDT1981 Male 18-29
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    November 21, 2010 at 8:47 pm
    wish I had a couple tousand to spendso I could go get felt up
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    moefreak Female 18-29
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    November 21, 2010 at 8:57 pm
    What I`m curious about is, what do all of you suggest they should have done in this situation? Pat down the kid while he is wearing the hoodie? That would probably spark quite a lot of controversy as well. No one is suggesting that the child has decided to be a terrorist, but children are often used as mules.

    It`s really easy to throw around "Those who sacrifice liberties for security deserve neither" (every one of us sacrifices some liberties for security) and "The terrorists have won" (their idea of winning is not people getting vigorously frisked at airports), but I`m not really clear on what they think should be done instead.
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    moefreak Female 18-29
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    November 21, 2010 at 9:08 pm
    What I`m curious about is, what do all of you suggest they should have done in this situation? Pat down the kid while he is wearing the hoodie? That would probably spark quite a lot of controversy as well. No one is suggesting that the child has decided to be a terrorist, but children are often used as mules.

    It`s really easy to throw around "Those who sacrifice liberties for security deserve neither" (every one of us sacrifices some liberties for security) and "The terrorists have won" (their idea of winning is not people getting vigorously frisked at airports), but I`m not really clear on what they think should be done instead.
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    November 21, 2010 at 10:03 pm
    This is pretty messed up. On the other hand, if the kid`s name is Osama, I want to know what he`s packing in his diaper.
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    LastJuggalo Female 18-29
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    November 21, 2010 at 10:24 pm
    No matter what "We pay for our freedoms" speech I get, I could care less. I would have knocked that guard out for trying to strip my son down in public. No body touches my baby, period. I`ll drive thank you.
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    TheWaffle Male 18-29
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    November 21, 2010 at 10:25 pm
    @moefreak- I think you`re missing the point entirely. It`s not so much the fact that they took off the kid`s shirt (which should not have been done REGARDLESS!), but the fact that it`s now even more acceptable that they can.
    "what do all of you suggest they should have done in this situation?"
    I think it`s safe to say that if it were up to most of us, there wouldn`t even be this situation! And since the situation`s here, I definitely would NOT have taken off this kid`s shirt! Especially out in the open in front of everyone! Our government is tightening the shackles on us with all this stupid crap and I`d wager that most of the people in this country would disagree with much, if not most, of what they`re doing. One incident (which, by the way, was obviously thwarted and failed) made a whole new policy come into fruition. A few years ago, it was the guy with the shoes, which, once again, failed. Isn`t it enough that both were caught? Isn`t that proof that the system is
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    TheWaffle Male 18-29
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    November 21, 2010 at 10:26 pm
    Sorry if it seems like all that was aimed at you, moefreak; it wasn`t. It just got me started :P
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    TheWaffle Male 18-29
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    November 21, 2010 at 10:28 pm
    *the system is doing its job just the way it is?
    (hit max count with that post apparently. sorry for the split comment, all)
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    idiotfilter Male 18-29
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    November 21, 2010 at 10:45 pm
    Moefreak - "The terrorists have won" (their idea of winning is not people getting vigorously frisked at airports)

    i forgot about your experience in Al Qaeda...must have slipped my mind...
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    duffytoler Male 40-49
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    November 21, 2010 at 10:53 pm
    >>You know what, fly at your own risk. That`s my take on it.

    Same here. Blows my mind that people are fine with this, asking "What else would you do?" as if it`s a given that strip-searching a child is ok because those people feel safer that way.
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    Cajun247 Male 18-29
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    November 21, 2010 at 10:55 pm
    THAT`S IT!!!

    Until they drop these invasive procedures I`m going to take a train ride to Mexico before I go flying.
    This is utterly insane.
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    Cajun247 Male 18-29
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    November 21, 2010 at 10:56 pm
    I agree with rammo34`s post.
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    duffytoler Male 40-49
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    November 21, 2010 at 10:57 pm
    >>hyperbole gets old.

    Hyperbole? Let`s see...

    >>you can be tortured for THNKING anything remotely negative about the government

    One word - Waterboarding.

    >>You`ve read 1984, right?

    Required reading in schools back in the 1970`s. "Big Brother" wasn`t strip-searching children. Like I said - even Orwell didn`t go this far.
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    Oblivia Female 18-29
    812 posts
    November 21, 2010 at 11:30 pm
    People, it`s not just about terrorists!
    Yes they have sharpened security at airports since 9/11 but security has been there way longer for other reasons, like to prevent the smuggling of drugs which smugglers often hide in/on children...
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    TR-Wolf Male 18-29
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    November 21, 2010 at 11:33 pm
    Yeah, because there`s no way a child could POSSIBLY be made to hold a weapon or drugs or something for an adult is there?
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    kittehdee29 Female 18-29
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    November 21, 2010 at 11:55 pm
    Cool, now I`m going to have to drive to Florida and take a boat to the Bahamas for my honeymoon. F*ck flying.
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    gorgack2000 Male 13-17
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    November 22, 2010 at 12:47 am
    Think about it this way then: if America implemented a system where children were exempt from security checks, Al Qaeda are going to start using them as suicide bombers. Mexican drug cartels are going to use them as drug mules. Kids are going to become tools for criminal organizations.

    Organizations like Al Qaeda have no problem with sending a kid to his death if it means bringing down an aeroplane full of passengers. And Mexican drug cartels... there`s nothing they won`t do for profit. I dunno about you but I`d rather have kids strip-searched then killed or forced into slavery.
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    jimbro Male 40-49
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    November 22, 2010 at 1:28 am
    when did we become so afraid of the boogey man that we allow this to happen. oh yeah 9/11 changed everything right? are we really that afraid of "them"? i have hated flying since before 2001- i never liked being treated like cattle by the airlines, but NOW??? not only might i get strip searched, but i have to pay $50 just to bring a bag??? are you kidding me?
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    November 22, 2010 at 2:02 am
    As I`ve said before, We should adopt the kind of security Israel has for EL AL. The moment a ticket is bought that person`s ID, Background and any intelligence information on them should be looked up, Their itinerary and purpose for flying verified, The use of Explosives and contraband sniffing dogs should be increased tenfold, and if anything looks fishy that person should be interviewed at length about their trip.

    If all that was done we wouldn`t need nude scanners, Intensive `pat downs`, And people would be able to board their planes a lot quicker.

    We should also be checking container and international shipments a lot better.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    November 22, 2010 at 2:07 am
    Ollie: ...if the kid`s name is Osama, I want to know what he`s packing in his diaper.

    At this point I have no qualms about checking everyone with foreign born sounding name, And I really do not care if the libs scream, "That`s Profiling!". Screw them, This is America not soviet russia.
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    SephirothA83 Male 18-29
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    November 22, 2010 at 4:19 am
    @Crakr

    man you`re a huge idiot lol
  68. Profile photo of aikiman
    aikiman Male 40-49
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    November 22, 2010 at 5:02 am
    Totalitarianism is great if you`re the one making the rules, right CrakrJak?
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    November 22, 2010 at 5:30 am
    aikiman: I guess you prefer the intensive pat downs, nude scanners, and long waiting lines to profiling, background checks, and non-intrusive dogs.

    Your preference is more totalitarian for everyone.
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    DamienLike Male 13-17
    705 posts
    November 22, 2010 at 5:42 am
    Fap fap fap fap fap...
    What? Is it so wrong? They`re doing it!
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    aikiman Male 40-49
    255 posts
    November 22, 2010 at 5:57 am
    @CrakrJak: No I don`t, I agree with a lot of the stuff in your earlier post but `checking everyone with a foreign born sounding name` is one step away from `everyone who isn`t like me` which is a one way ticket to your totalitarian state.
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    VikingGuy Male 18-29
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    November 22, 2010 at 6:26 am
    meh, the point of terrorism is to spark fear and spread knowledge of their ideals, which they have done quite well recently with all the publicity, so basically they won the second a rather imbecilic government declared "war" on terrorism instead of simply keeping it a law enforcement and special forces deal which actually worked damned well against it in almost all past incidents whereas every military attempt to do anything about it tends to go horribly wrong.
    then again, like this the govs get all the control they want and their paid bullies get to have a field day while at it, so for them its a perfect win as well, its just us normal peeps that get shat on.
  73. Profile photo of CrakrJak
    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    November 22, 2010 at 6:41 am
    aikiman: I`d rather they profile then keep doing what they are right now on everyone. That`s not leading to a totalitarian state, It`s called common sense.
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    green_btrfly Female 18-29
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    November 22, 2010 at 6:50 am
    I wonder what that child has to say about this new system. I am curious to hear how he feels about being searched, you know? As adults we often see things distorted and children have such a different view of the world.

    Personally though, I think it was inappropriate to have him take his shirt off in front of all those people. Ragardless of whether it was right or not for them to search him in the first place. Who knows what pervs could be standing in line.
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    tommy2X4 Male 50-59
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    November 22, 2010 at 7:32 am
    "Land of the Free?! Whoever told you that is your enemy!"
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    jtrebowski Male 40-49
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    November 22, 2010 at 7:37 am
    When Bush passed the "patriot" Act, Republicans couldn`t wave their flags any harder for fear of ripping them to shreds. Now that it`s affecting white middle America, it`s no longer a popular piece of legislation. The Isrealis have a security model that`s considered the best in the world. It`s time to look into it, don`t you think?
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    meepmaker Male 30-39
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    November 22, 2010 at 7:45 am
    Really.Just let me strip. Get dressed and then go on with my day. I dont have time for all this bs.
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    Student_Law Male 30-39
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    November 22, 2010 at 7:57 am
    Yikes... it`s the catholic style strip search? Only a total psycho would take off a kids shirt in public. What, do anybody think it feel less violating for a child than it does for an adult?? Poor kid... a grown person would never accept it... but kids don`t resist so easily, do they... :-(
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    BoredFrank Male 40-49
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    November 22, 2010 at 7:58 am
    WTF?

    Damn. Just damn.
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    November 22, 2010 at 8:06 am
    I think the terrorist already won
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    November 22, 2010 at 8:14 am

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    handys003 Male 50-59
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    November 22, 2010 at 8:17 am
    @CrakrJak

    Since when did the US Government practice any "common sense"?

    That will never happen.
  83. Profile photo of Student_Law
    Student_Law Male 30-39
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    November 22, 2010 at 8:21 am
    @Gerry: that picture deserves a post of it`s own at i-a-b.com... :-D
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    Quackor Male 18-29
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    November 22, 2010 at 8:25 am
    This video was filmed at Salt Lake City International Airport on November 19 around 12:00pm.

    Before the video started the boy went through a metal detector and, while he didn`t set it off, he was selected for a pat down. The boy was shy so the TSA couldn`t complete the full pat on the young boy. The father tried several times to just hold the boys arms out for the TSA agent but i guess it didn`t end up being enough for the guy. I was about 30 ft away so i couldn`t hear their conversation if there was any. The enraged father pulled his son shirt off and gave it to the TSA agent to search, that`s when this video begins.

    there is a very fine line between "being shy and not letting the TSA pat you down" and hiding prohibited material his father tried to smuggle in his sons pants

    While this may seem like EVIL to some people, its what is keeping you idiots safe
  85. Profile photo of Quackor
    Quackor Male 18-29
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    November 22, 2010 at 8:27 am
    Posted on Monday, November 22, 2010 8:38:34 AM by Virginia Ridgerunner

    A video is being widely circulated showing a shirtless boy receiving secondary screening from a Transportation Security Officer (TSO). A passenger filmed the screening with their cell phone and posted the video on the web. Many are coming to their own conclusions about what`s happening in the video which is now perched at the top of the Drudge report and being linked to in many other blogs and tweets. We looked into this to find out what happened.

    On November 19, a family was traveling through a TSA checkpoint at the Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC). Their son alarmed the walk through metal detector and needed to undergo secondary screening. The boy`s father removed his son`s shirt in an effort to expedite the screening. After our TSO completed the screening, he helped the boy put his shirt back on. That`s it. No complaints were filed and the father was standing by his son for the entire
  86. Profile photo of Quackor
    Quackor Male 18-29
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    November 22, 2010 at 8:28 am
    procedure.

    It should be mentioned that you will not be asked to and you should not remove clothing (other than shoes, coats and jackets) at a TSA checkpoint. If you`re asked to remove your clothing, you should ask for a supervisor or manager.

    Blogger Bob TSA Blog Team
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    Quackor Male 18-29
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    November 22, 2010 at 8:28 am
    I like that version even more
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    Student_Law Male 30-39
    1010 posts
    November 22, 2010 at 8:32 am
    @quackor: A man who is willing to give up his freedom for a little safety, deserves neither freedom nor safety. This is a perfect example. And it affects us Europeans as well, who still like to travel to the US.

    Don`t understand why it`s not possible to use a proper profiling procedude. The Israelis have done it for a along time, and it works. Patting down kids who are clearly not affiliated with terrorsim, just to be "politically correct" is UNSAFE - the TSA people should rather spend those extra minutes searching someone who could actually be a terrorist...
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    Kickan Male 18-29
    243 posts
    November 22, 2010 at 8:33 am
    These people should go to jail.
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    MyJobSucks Male 18-29
    177 posts
    November 22, 2010 at 8:43 am
    THE FATHER IS THE ONE WHO REMOVED THE KID`S SHIRT
    and he did it without being told to.
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    rncotton Male 30-39
    417 posts
    November 22, 2010 at 8:53 am
    SCREW the ACLU and all this political correct BS.

    Call it racial profiling if you want, but it sure is effective. When`s the last time you saw an American kid bomb a plane?
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    duffytoler Male 40-49
    5196 posts
    November 22, 2010 at 9:16 am
    Kid grows up thinking: "America sucks and freedom is a lie."
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    edana42 Female 50-59
    2509 posts
    November 22, 2010 at 9:28 am
    wtf...............no one cares for the 4th amendment?
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    Cajun247 Male 18-29
    10722 posts
    November 22, 2010 at 9:43 am
    @CrakrJak

    I agree with you so long as we`re not singling out a particular group of people.
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    heartx3jess Female 18-29
    1578 posts
    November 22, 2010 at 9:48 am
    .....what. How is this legal?
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    Quackor Male 18-29
    2856 posts
    November 22, 2010 at 9:48 am
    @student_law

    When its obvious a kid like that is not affiliated with terrorism, terrorists will use kids like that.

    Also, we are not talking about "freedoms" here, security screening measures are just that, it doesnt take away your freedom, but that does give innocent people (say, the people of the sears tower) safety, are you willing to claim this "freedom" you speak of and risk the lives of the people on that tower?

    The actual freedom you are speaking of is the freedom to take the train, you have that and the TSA wont take it waway
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    premierwondr Male 18-29
    975 posts
    November 22, 2010 at 10:13 am
    Quackor...Terrorists are going to start using white children with their white parents as part of their scheme?
    Exactly how likely do you believe that to be?

    Hearing your version of the story makes this incident seem far less worse, but I still find it ridiculous.
  98. Profile photo of aikiman
    aikiman Male 40-49
    255 posts
    November 22, 2010 at 10:15 am
    @CrackerJak: Profiling is just another word for stereotyping. It`s great as long as you don`t fit the profile, if you do, you`ll soon detest the system. Look at the outrage when anyone here suggests that the Tea Party/Republicans/Liberals are all lunatics. As for your suggestion that anyone with a foreign sounding name should be stopped, I guess you`d include Petraeus, Giuliani, Koche, DeVore...
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    TheWaffle Male 18-29
    117 posts
    November 22, 2010 at 10:25 am
    @Quackor- you have such an appropriate alias. You can`t tell me you honestly believe there is any reason for the TSA to do that. If so, it might be the South American mindset. That was such an absolutely RIDICULOUS thing for those agents to do, regardless of what they`re allowed to do.
    I think everybody`s forgetting a MAJOR thing here:
    What`s wrong with the old security measures? After making us take our shoes off, how many shoe bombers have been thwarted? Taking a kid`s shirt off accomplishes what, exactly? I can only think of one major event where our TSA`s agents failed us, and the standard tests SHOULD have stopped them. The agents who screened those bastards really let their country and countrymen down.
    There is no reason whatsoever for any of this crap. They can claim it`s for our own safety, but I really think our government is scared $h!tless about this and this measure is simply a way to calm themselves, not protect us.
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    TheWaffle Male 18-29
    117 posts
    November 22, 2010 at 10:32 am
    @Quackor- those versions of the story don`t even match up, and yet you posted them both, nullifying them both. Nice work.
    If the boy did NOT set off the metal detector, why was he targeted anydamnway?
    And if he did set it off, that father`s an idiot for doing that. How can the kid be so squirmy that adults couldn`t hold him for 5 seconds to do a pat-down, if things really escalated to that point? Failure on the agents` and parent`s part.
    Like I said before: there`s no reason for any of this.
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    ruthless1990 Female 18-29
    3001 posts
    November 22, 2010 at 10:37 am
    wow, just wow...
    so not cool, and if this is happening in America where people`s freedoms are protected, God help the rest of the world...
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
    36187 posts
    November 22, 2010 at 10:44 am
    @aikiman - "Profiling" is a tool and it depends on it`s use. A hammer builds or smashes.

    "We`re looking for a bomber...but it`s not nice so we won`t say what he or she probably looks like based on reliable statistics and likely ethnicity. Or what age or gender. Hell, we can`t even say if it`s a human or animal bomber..."

    To say Profiling is always wrong is silly. And to strip search a 10 year old is stupid.
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    YugureKage Female 18-29
    1205 posts
    November 22, 2010 at 10:45 am
    All this crap is unnecessary, TheWaffle is right. The old security measures work fine if they are done correctly and the agents pay attention. When I went through Japan they were thorough, polite, and effective. They don`t let you carry cuticle scissors, and they took my Hello Kitty face wash, but that is a small price to pay for safety to say the least. Other countries are effective in keeping themselves safe with the normal procedures, so why can`t we?
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
    36187 posts
    November 22, 2010 at 10:46 am
    @Quackor - You talk too much. Have you seen the size of your posts?

    Think "brevity"
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    green_btrfly Female 18-29
    751 posts
    November 22, 2010 at 10:52 am
    New information being circulated is that the Father actually made the boy take his shirt off not the TSA, and it was to edpedite the search so he could be on his way.

    I`m not sure if I believe it or not, but I feel like everyone should have both sides of the story. I got that off the TSA blog.

    :)
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    carpedog Female 40-49
    50 posts
    November 22, 2010 at 11:04 am
    it`s official: the terrorist have won
  107. Profile photo of Student_Law
    Student_Law Male 30-39
    1010 posts
    November 22, 2010 at 11:27 am
    Profiling is NOT STEREOTYPING - it is based on psychological scanning, the officers are train in locating physical and verbal signs from a person that is in the type of distress someone about to give their life would be in. A terrorist could have blue eyes and blonde hair - there are terrorists in russia cooperating w/middle- east terrorists. Profiling is a more advanced type of security check. The problem is that western people rely too much on technology and physical searces to give profiling a real chance... you could do the airport experience in 1/3rd of the time you do today, without groping kids. (Besides, a kid feeling only a bit insecure about himself and his "underwear" would be noticed by a profliler on the parking lot of the airport... argument invalid :-p)
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    inyoueye Male 30-39
    22 posts
    November 22, 2010 at 12:26 pm
    Keep living in fear Quackor, pvssies like you who are willing to submit to sexual molestation in order to feel safe don`t belong in this country. Eventually the terrorist will start putting C4 up their bums, then what? Will you gladly bend over for the TSA?

    Everybody dies someday, if we live in fear then the terrorists have indeed won - that`s how they got their name.
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    Student_Law Male 30-39
    1010 posts
    November 22, 2010 at 12:52 pm
    Terrorists are not simple minds... using kids= terrible safety factor. Would never work.
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    furryblob Male 18-29
    574 posts
    November 22, 2010 at 1:10 pm
    Don`t know what you lot are moaning about, you complain if there is too much searching and still complain if there is too little.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
    17515 posts
    November 22, 2010 at 3:57 pm
    Cajun: Depends on the group, Cajun. If that person is a member of an organization known to support terrorists, Yes, Please do single them out. If that person has bought a one way ticket to America w/o an itinerary, Yes, Single them out. If that person bought their ticket at the last minute and looks nervous, Yes, Single them out.

    It`s time for some common sense here, Not some bureauweenie PC notion of `fairness`.
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    SaintsFan Male 30-39
    256 posts
    November 22, 2010 at 6:27 pm
    That is too effing far.
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    MizMeg Female 18-29
    98 posts
    November 22, 2010 at 7:17 pm
    This is a sad day
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    davymid Male 30-39
    12151 posts
    November 22, 2010 at 8:41 pm
    I have no qualms about checking everyone with foreign born sounding name, And I really do not care if the libs scream, "That`s Profiling!".
    Indeed Crakr. I presume you include everyone with foreign born sounding names such as "Timothy McVeigh"?
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    Lolboy Male 70 & Over
    798 posts
    November 22, 2010 at 11:33 pm
    @heartx3jess: Because government agencies are allowed to run rampant, forming regulations that are completely ineffective and unnecessarily invasive.

    Here is a quote from Israeli airline security chief Rafi Sela.

    "I don`t know why everybody is running to buy these expensive and useless machines. I can overcome the body scanners with enough explosives to bring down a Boeing 747"
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    ashleed Female 18-29
    35 posts
    November 23, 2010 at 1:54 am
    looks like childhood trauma to me.
  117. Profile photo of aikiman
    aikiman Male 40-49
    255 posts
    November 23, 2010 at 5:21 am
    @StudentLaw: Unfortunately SHOUTING DOESNT MAKE YOU RIGHT and profiling is stereotyping, it imposes characteristics onto individuals due to a pre-conceived ideal for a group. Psychological profiling has been discredited for some time now and is seen as a waste of time and resources.
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    aikiman Male 40-49
    255 posts
    November 23, 2010 at 5:24 am
    @Gerry1of1: Profiling is a flawed tool that has been discredited. The trouble is, it looks like it should work therefore it continues to be used when studies have shown that there is very little empirical evidence that it is effective.
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    dang007 Male 30-39
    596 posts
    November 23, 2010 at 7:06 am
    WE are not going to be able to inspect ourselves out of this problem. Right now I can think of several things that a group that really wants to damage this country could do that the TSA can not stop using it current methods.

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    dsanders Male 18-29
    9 posts
    November 23, 2010 at 8:27 am
    Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

    -Benjamin Franklin
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    thephoenix27 Male 18-29
    47 posts
    November 23, 2010 at 8:41 am
    @aikiman: If profiling is a waste of time and resources what do you call strip searching children and patting down grandmothers? I agree that not every suicide bomber can be fit into the same mold but there are certain similarities that can be used to determine who needs a closer look. There are far smarter ways to go about securing our airports than a wholesale invasive search of every passenger. I understand that going through the body scanner is an option as well, but it is only a tiny bit less invasive and in the end, terrorists will figure out another way around the current screening which will then lead to more invasive measures and so on. We`ve already seen the escalation with the shoe-bomber and the christmas-day bomber. My question is, when will we start getting smarter about security and not just tougher?
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    kilroy5555 Male 30-39
    496 posts
    November 23, 2010 at 10:00 am
    Profiling isn`t just pulling aside every person of a certain ethnic background for screening. It`s looking at the totality of the circumstances and a person`s travel plans and following up with those individuals. Race/age/gender may indeed be a factor here, but it`s not the only one.

    Focusing developing securities` eyes on the ground also plays a big role. If someone gets red flagged, look them in the eye and ask them questions about where they came from/where they`re going. If they appear nervous, then follow up. Tell security to trust their gut... if something doesn`t look right about a particular passenger, follow up with it; don`t simply pass on them because they weren`t "randomly selected". I would bet you the shoe bomber would have been caught by such a system.

    Also, why not start watching checked bags? What precautions are we taking with respect to those?
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    B-b-beccah Female 18-29
    668 posts
    November 23, 2010 at 4:16 pm
    why are they filming this. what would someone film this. why is this being filmed. who would film this. why would they film this and put it online. whyyyyyyy
  124. Profile photo of aikiman
    aikiman Male 40-49
    255 posts
    November 23, 2010 at 11:37 pm
    @kilroy5555: It sounds easy doesn`t it. Find the standard traits of Mr Terrorist and Bingo, no more terrorism. And of course, giving him a good hard look in the eye is sure to work on a religious fanatic who believes that he is doing his Gods will and is divinely assured to succeed. Do you seriously want the security of your nation to depend on a group of people `trusting their gut`?
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    aikiman Male 40-49
    255 posts
    November 23, 2010 at 11:47 pm
    @the phoenix27: Strip searching children and patting down grandmothers works. I don`t agree with it but it works, unlike profiling which as I said has little empirical evidence to back it up. In 1972, Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv was supposed to be attacked by a Palestinian. In fact, it was attacked by a Japanese terrorist killing 24 people and in the mid-80s it was attacked by a German terrorist with blue eyes and blonde hair called Miller.
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    ROK9 Male 18-29
    1834 posts
    November 25, 2010 at 12:36 am
    thats so lame
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    adelle123 Female 30-39
    7 posts
    November 25, 2010 at 3:22 am
    I was once strip searched, but it was done in private. It wasn`t as bad an experience as you might think as you`re never actually completely naked in the process. Sometimes it is necessary, but this is wrong though because it`s being done in public. Should be done in private with searcher, parent and witness.
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    idiotfilter Male 18-29
    3916 posts
    November 28, 2010 at 3:07 pm
    b-b-beccah wins the "un-questioning questions that don`t matter" award for her post.

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