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"The system worked"
The Daily Mail blogs comments on the mad bomber who came within seconds of blowing up Flight 253 headed to Detroit.  What does the Obama's chief of Homeland Security plan on doing to prevent a repeat?

Nothing -- Janet Napolitano said: "The system worked" -- she really, really said that.

"The system worked"
If by "system" she means having a passenger quick, brave and smart enough to fly over other passengers to get the guy, yes, I suppose in the Land of Lalala the system worked.

But a real security chief who is more concerned about the safety of the public than her own public relations would be angry, would be upset, would be apologetic and would be promising to get to the bottom of this and to overhaul the system.  We need someone who find out why the system failed to keep this terrorist off the airplane and why it failed to detect the bomb in his underpants, planted by al-Qaeda in Yemen, and why it failed to prevent him from detonating the bomb.

Jonah Goldberg adds, "Napolitano has a habit of arguing that DHS is a first responder outfit.  Its mission is to deal with 'man-caused-disasters' after they occur.  It appears she really believes it.  If the White House wants to assure people that it takes the war on terror seriously (a term Robert Gibbs used this morning by the way), they could start by firing this patently unqualified hack."

Like Obama, Janet Napolitano is in way over her head, but that's what you get when "diversity" is a primary job requirement.

A Strategic Redefining Of Homeland Security's Mission

Obama delivered the nation's first Quadrennial Homeland Security Review to Congress, defining homeland security for the first time as including hazards beyond terrorism, in a strategic document intended to drive long-term budget decisions.

Congress mandated the high-level strategic review in 2007, two years after Hurricane Katrina exposed failings in the government's response and four years after the creation of the Department of Homeland Security.  The initiative was modeled after the Quadrennial Defense Review, another congressionally mandated effort that directed the Defense Department to reset its strategies and budgets against evolving threats every four years.

Analysts said that production of the 88-page document marked a successful milestone for DHS, even though it is not as thorough as the Pentagon's version and will not be as influential.

"It is an incredible achievement," said James Jay Carafano, homeland security expert at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, noting that it came months after a Democratic administration's takeover of the department, that the Obama administration had never before run a quadrennial review for homeland security and that DHS lacked the Defense Department's resources.

"This study has given them a road map for how they are going to think through tough problems," including developing department human resources, analytical capabilities and research priorities, Carafano said.

Stewart Baker, former DHS assistant secretary of policy from 2005 to 2009, said that while the attempt to link DHS budget, strategy and threat information might be "lightweight compared to the Quadrennial Defense Review, it's heavyweight compared" to how, a couple years ago, officials in George W. Bush's administration had to make decisions based on "budget politics of the moment."

A copy of the review, obtained by The Washington Post, shows that the government's approach to homeland security continues to evolve away from a singular focus on terrorism.

The issue is still vexing because many experts still struggle to explain, "What is homeland security?"  "How is the homeland best made secure?" and "What does it mean to be prepared?," the review notes.

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Kinda makes you feel safe, huh? -- "What is homeland security?" -- and, "defining homeland security for the first time as including hazards beyond terrorism, in a strategic document intended to drive long-term budget decisions." -- this document isn't about security -- it's about "driving long-term budget decisions" -- including hazards beyond terrorism -- that's bureaucratese for more reparations and redistribution.

These people aren't working on security issues. They're spending all their time figuring out how to loot America.

Did He Or Dind't He?

Did Barack Obama personally consult with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Christmas Day, when suspected al Qaeda terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab allegedly tried to detonate a suicide bomb aboard Northwest Flight 253?  Asked that question by CNSNews.com, Napolitano initially declined to answer and then, when asked again, said "we were in contact with the presidentís office" that day.

The White House told news organizations on Christmas Day that Obama had ordered heightened air travel security immediately after he was first briefed on the attempted attack at about 9:00 a.m. Hawaii time (2:00 p.m. Eastern) on Christmas Day and that he was repeatedly briefed on the incident during that day

In Jan. 20 testimony before the Senate Homeland Security Committee, however, Napolitano testified that she had not been consulted in advance about the specific decision to read Abdulmutallab his Miranda rights -- which took place on Christmas night about 10 hours after the suspected terrorist was arrested.  Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair, FBI Director Robert Mueller and National Counterterrorism Center Director Michael Leiter all told congressional committees that they were also not consulted in advance about the Christmas-Day decision to mirandize Abdulmutallab.

On Jan. 27, Napolitano failed to attend a hearing on the Christmas Day attack held by the House Homeland Security, the committee that has principal oversight over her department.  Senior Democrats on the committee publicly scolded her during that hearing for her failure to attend.

On Feb. 4, Napolitano met privately with the Democratic -- but not Republican -- members of the committee.  After that meeting, she also met privately with Rep. Pete King (R.-N.Y.), the committeeís ranking Republican.

When she emerged from her Feb. 4 meeting with committee Democrats, CNSNews.com asked Napolitano: "Madame Secretary, did the president personally consult with you at all in real time during the day of the Christmas Day attack about the Abdulmutallab situation?"

Napolitano said: "Iím not going to talk about my conversations with the president."

Later, after her meeting with Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.), CNSNews.com asked Napolitano: "Before I was asking you about if you spoke to the president at all on Christmas Day about the Abdulmutallab situation -- not the nature of the conversation.  I just want to know if you spoke to him."

Napolitano said: "Yes, we were in contact with the presidentís office."
National Security Meeting "Surreal"
The Northeast Intelligence Network is reporting that Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and John Brennan, Barack Hussein Obama's Deputy National Security Adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, spoke at the National Governors Association's Special Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety in Washington last Sunday.  A close aide to one of the longtime governors in attendance, who was present for much of this meeting, spoke to this investigator about the oddities that she noted at this event, asking that her name not be used due to the sensitivity of her job.

She described a strange and "almost surreal" usage of terms, phrases and jargon that dominated their presentations to the governors, and noted an obviously deliberate avoidance of other more specifically accurate terms that seemed to obscure their messages.

"During both of their presentationsÖ the best way that I can explain it, it was like listening to a teacher in health class giving a lecture about sex to a pre-teen, yet prohibited from or unwilling to use certain proper anatomical terms or even the necessary anatomical references," she stated, adding that both Napolitano and Brennan were very careful to avoid using words and phrases that in any way associated terror concerns with Islam or Islamic ideology.  Although she did not recall the prominent use of "man-caused disasters" in place of terrorism by either speaker, she noted their obvious unwillingness to make any references to Islamic terrorism in their descriptions of recently disrupted terror plots.

For example, this source described Napolitano talking about Najibullah Zazi, a 24-year-old, Afghan-born Muslim resident of Denver and a follower of al Qaeda.  Zazi, who pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction on Monday, was identified by federal authorities as a key player in what has been described as the most serious terror plot since 9/11.  Investigators found evidence that Zazi was motivated to kill and injure Americans based on of his beliefs in Islamic jihad.

Napolitano instead described him generically as a "domestic extremist" and "never once used the phrase Islamic terrorism" or made any reference to Islam, jihad, or the ideology and mechanism that motivated Zazi and his co-conspirators to plot attacks in New York, according to this source.  Rather, Napolitano spoke of the "need to study and analyze the motivation behind these extremists, something that I thought should have been quite obvious based on the amount and type of evidence uncovered in that case, especially when speaking to a body of governors," stated this source.

"I would characterize their entire presentation as quite bizarre to say the least," she added.

John Brennan, who spoke of the five Pakistani natives living in Virginia who traveled to al Qaeda training camps in Pakistan, was equally circuitous in his presentation.  He specifically referred to a general concern of 'Americans' becoming 'domestic terrorists,' a phrase that seemed to intentionally include all Americans and not any particular group.  "Both seemed to purposely include all Americans while refusing to cite any nationality or ideology, which is something I found troubling in light of recent historical events," stated this source.

"I could not believe that Mr. Brennan used the generic reference 'non-governmental organization' in place of actually naming the Council on American Islamic Relations, the 'Islamic advocacy' group to which he was referring.  Also, the term 'religious leader' was used frequently when describing a Muslim imam associated with a terror plot, and 'religious institutions' were used instead of mosques even when it was clear those were being specifically referenced.

"The entire presentation seemed quite 'strained' and an obvious departure from previous meetings I've attended," she added.
Homeland Security Can't Even Protect Itself
Corruption Chronicles is reporting that the Homeland Security department has lost hundreds of weapons.

In a baffling example of government incompetence, the federal agency created after the 9/11 terrorist attacks to keep America safe has lost hundreds of weapons and some have ended up in the possession of violent gangbangers and felons.

Remiss officers working for the embattled Department of Homeland Security have lost government-issued guns in bowling alleys, public bathrooms, unlocked cars and a variety of unsecure areas, according to a scorching 27-page report published by the agency's inspector general.

Most of the lost weapons -- including military rifles, handguns and shotguns -- have never been found, and at least 15 have been recovered by local law enforcement officials in the possession of criminals, gang members, and known drug dealers.

The majority of the losses occurred because Homeland Security officers did not sufficiently secure firearms in their possession, investigators determined.  They further point out that the lost firearms created an unnecessary risk to the public -- which goes without saying.  Americans may be relieved to know however, that the abhorrent negligence has been met with "extra training" and in some cases disciplinary actions.

Pretty bad, huh?  But, there's more.

According to Todd Shepherd, Homeland Security also lost more than 1,000 computers in in fiscal year 2008.

New documents show that component agencies of DHS, specifically Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and Customs and Border Protection (CBP), combined to lose no less than 985 computers in fiscal year 2008.  Along with other component agencies in DHS, well over 1,000 computers were lost.

But the inventories of lost stolen and damaged equipment don't stop with just computers.  They include radiation detectors, night vision scopes (hundreds of them), night vision goggles, lost vehicles, lost blackberries, computer servers, expensive radios and radio repeaters.
Homeland Security Blows 1.3 Billion
Skookums says the Department of Homeland Security Reports that it has nothing to show for spending 1.3 billion during the last five years to build a fence to keep out illegal aliens, the fence along our border with Mexico doesnít exist and the money is gone.

Mark Borkowski, executive director of DHSís Secure Border Initiative, told a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Management, Investigations and Oversight that the department will likely scale back its plans to install sensors, cameras and radar towers along the Southwest border.

Borkowskiís admission came after withering testimony from Randolph Hite of the Government Accountability Office on the state of the virtual fence program, known as SBInet.

Hite said SBInet has been troubled since its outset and plagued by frequently changing milestones, management weaknesses and performance shortfalls.  As a result, he said, the Department has little to show after spending most of the programís $1.3 billion budget.
"In effect DHS is saying it will have to invest more than a billion dollars into SBInet before it will know whether doing so was economically justified or cost effect vis-ŗ-vis other technology alternatives," Hite said.

Apparently, management weakness is an excuse to waste or abscond with 1.3 Billion dollars, in private industry people would be fired and prosecuted; our government seems to think we should give them another billion dollars to see if they can manage the money more efficiently.

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We Don't Need No Steenkeen' Troops
WeaselZippers is reporting that Janet Napolitano says we donít need troops along the border with Mexico because the security situation is actually improving.
The always entertaining Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano warned against militarizing the U.S.-Mexico border and insisted that, despite a public outcry over illegal immigration and violence in the area, security along the nearly 2000-mile-long dividing line with Mexico is actually improving.

"This is a civilian border," Napolitano said during a lunch Friday with reporters in Washington, responding to a question about sending more U.S. National Guard troops to beef up border security.

"The National Guard is not designed to be a substitute for civilian law enforcement," Napolitano said.  "Civilian law enforcement is being 'plussed-up' at record rates.  And itís being 'plussed up' all along the border.  Itís being backed up by state of the art technology and itís being backed up by infrastructure and thatís the way you have a secure border area."

Was "Big Sis" drunk when she made this speech?  Because no sober person would claim the raging narco-insurgency spilling over the border with Mexico is getting better, as demonstrated by this  Sweetness & Light item, "22 Killed In Fight 18 Miles From US Border."
MONTERREY, Mexico Ė A gun battle between Mexican soldiers and suspected drug cartel members left 22 dead at ranch near the U.S. border, the Defense Department said Thursday.  All the dead were suspected gang members, the department said in a statement. One soldier was injured.

And yet we are not even allowed to ask them for their driverís license.

The military said the drug suspects provoked the gun battle Wednesday morning, opening fire on soldiers conducting reconnaissance patrols at a ranch on the outskirts of Ciudad Mier, a northeastern town about 18 miles (30 kilometers) south of the border with Texas.

"18 miles south of the border?"  Then what are we worried about?

Soldiers seized 55 grenades, 18 rifles, four handguns guns, 99 ammunition clips, 1,540 rounds of ammunition and vehicles at the ranch, the statement said.  They also found military style uniforms, which are frequently used by drug gangs staging attacks.
Guess Who Ordered The Nude Body Scanners
Bob Unruh says that a constitutional attorney preparing to legally challenge the Transportation Security Administration's enhanced screening procedures -- which reveal a virtually nude image of passengers -- says airline passengers have Barack Obama to thank for the process.

"Legislation has been proposed to mandate full-body scanners and make them the primary screening method in all U.S. airports by 2013, but Congress has yet to act on it," John Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute, wrote in a new commentary.

"So we can thank President Obama for this frontal assault on our Fourth Amendment rights.  Mind you, this is the same man who insisted that 'we will not succumb to a siege mentality that sacrifices the open society and liberties and values that we cherish as Americans,'" Whitehead said.

"Yet in the wake of the bumbling underwear bomber's botched Christmas Day attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound plane, Obama directed the Homeland Security Department to acquire $1 billion in advanced-technology equipment, including body scanners, for screening passengers,'" he continued.

Concerns over the invasion of privacy by TSA scanners, described as voyeurism by critics, along with the "molestation" of the associated "enhanced" pat-downs and the health concerns from the blasts of radiation have reached a critical mass.

Groups have formed to organize passenger boycotts and prepare protests at airports, calling for a "National Opt-Out Day" on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

Whitehead said he's working on assembling numerous allegations regarding the constitutionality of the scanners in light of the Fourth Amendment's provision that the "right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

"It's a huge civil liberties issue.  In the United States, we've never before strip-searched -- full-body strip searches -- unless there's reasonable suspicion of some kind of criminal activity."

For the third straight day, TSA officials declined to respond to requests for comment or explanation.

"We've gotten tons of e-mails, mainly from females about the invasions of the body scanners," Whitehead said.  "In one case, a mother [told how] her 12-year-old daughter was pulled out of the security line, and [TSA] did touch her breast and vaginal areas.

"This is an unreasonable search and seizure," he said.

Rutherford said any court adhering to the Constitution would find that so.

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Obama Plans Pull-Back Of National Guard
So, Obama should use the American military to enforce his progressive agenda, but withdraw those force from America's Third War.  Behold, the progressive agenda!

Fox News is reporting the Obama Administration plans to withdraw National Guard troops from the Texas, New Mexico and California borders by the end February under a new Southwest security plan, even as turmoil in Mexican border cities grows, according to documents obtained by The Washington Examiner.

A letter sent to various members of the Texas Congressional delegation from Texas' Gov. Rick Perry's office says, "In February, 2011, the Texas, New Mexico, and California National Guard forces that were deployed to the border in September, 2010, under President's Obama's Southwest Border Augmentation Plan, will have 30 days to complete a total draw down of forces."

The roughly 550 troops will have the month of February to redeploy back to their units, Texas Congressman Ted Poe told The Examiner. Troops would not be pulled off the Arizona border under the plan, and about 100 of the troops would re-deploy there from other states, officials said.

Poe received the letter today.  His office confirmed with Department of Homeland Security officials that the plan came from the administration.

Obama's new Southwest security plan is to have no security, and to let America's Third War continue, or worsen.  He is hell-bent on creating chaos in America.

Glorious leader is demonstrably anti-American.
Rights Of Muslim Suicide Bombers Supersede Those Of US Citizens
DrJohn says the horror stories about TSA screening procedures are now legion:

A cancer survivor forced to remove her prosthetic breast.

A man with a urostomy left covered in urine.

A 12 year old girl forced to submit to being naked in a scanner.

A rough search into her crotch leaves a woman in tears.

Pants pulled down because of artificial knees, nipple rings removed, TSA agents screaming, "I have power!"

I have had enough.  Barack Obama should be impeached and removed from office.

He appointed the most inept and ignorant Attorney General in the history of this country.  Both Holder and Obama have nothing but contempt for the Constitution.

Barack Obama appointed the single most stupid person in the United States to be head of Homeland Security.  Obama is determined to punish the citizens of the United States in order to preserve the rights of Muslim suicide bombers.  He is determined to humiliate all of us in order to protect them.

If a vehicle is involved in the commission of a crime, police donít stop ALL vehicles and search them.

If a suspect in a crime is described as a white male aged 25-30, police do not stop elderly black women and detain them.

Itís called profiling.

Banks profile.  Insurance companies profile.  Itís been a part of life for a long time.  It would be single most effective method at discovering would-be suicide bombers.  And it is the one thing this damned idiotic administration wonít do.

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Obama is violating the constitutional rights of 99.9% of the flying public, because he refuses to psychology (not racial) profile the .1% of people who are a threat.  Political correctness will be the death of us all.
Shirtless Boy Searched At Utah Airport
Paul Foy is reporting that a YouTube video showing a shirtless young boy resisting a pat-down at Salt Lake City's airport is renewing criticism of search methods for travelers.

Utah Valley University student Luke Tait shot the video Friday while waiting in a security line. It has been viewed on YouTube more than 765,000 times.

Tait said the boy appeared so shy he couldn't keep his arms raised for a pat-down, and the father removed his son's shirt out of frustration to speed up the search.

"I was shocked and realized something crazy was going on, so I took my BlackBerry off the conveyor belt and started recording," Tait told The Associated Press on Monday from Oxford, Miss., where he traveled for Thanksgiving.

"A couple of times the father raised the arms of the boy. That ended up not being enough, so the father got frustrated and tore his boy's shirt off," Tait said.

That prompted a security officer to protest, "Sir, sir!"

The Transportation Security Administration said in a blog posting that nobody has to disrobe at an airport checkpoint. Passengers need only remove shoes, coats and jackets for a screening

You vill be groped, and you vill like it!
Spreadin' the glove. Is TSA infecting the U.S.?  Latex coverings 'have been in crotches, armpits, touching people who may be ill.'  It is flu season.

Coming to an airport near you -- body cavity searches.
70% of Americans Support Adopting Israeli Profiling System
Zip has an item on the question, "should the US adopt Israeli-style airport security measures?"  A debate over just that issue has been running at full steam over the past few days due to profound public criticism of invasive security techniques which include a full body search and pat down in intimate areas.

Notice, the inspector feeling up that nun is in full Muslim regalia.  How's that for irony?
House of Representatives delegate for Utah Jason Chaffetz, on Monday called for a probe into methods employed by Transportation Security Administration agents and for a look into alternative methods which would be based on the use of sniffer dogs with secondary use of screening machines and implementing behavioral profiling as Israel does.

In the past, Americans vetoed the security system used at Ben Gurion Airport claiming it casts suspicion on one sector in an inclusive fashion, namely, against Arabs and Muslims.  White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbels lied on Monday when he said that the reason US authorities refused to adopt Israeli methods was because "Israel has one international airport and we have 450 of them that makes all the difference" -- Israel has 2 international airports -- Ben Gurion International Airport and Ovda International Airport and 10 domestic airports.  The United States has 149 international airports.

And yet, it seems that the American public disagrees.  A Washington Post and ABC network poll revealed that 70% of Americans support adopting the Israeli profiling system and its implementation in US airports.

Israel has 7 million citizens.  We have 310 million.  That ratio is 1 to 44.

Israel has 2 international airports.  We have 149.  That ratio is 1 to 74.  So Gibbels' argument against psychological profiling is a lie.  Now, there's a surprise.

Obama's administration lies to the American People all the time.  It's what they do.  After all, these socialists believe deeply that the ends justifies the means.

Let's understand, psychological profiling is not racial profiling.  Customs and Immigration does it every time Americans return to the States after traveling abroad.  Most of us have been through it.

The C&I inspector reads a question from his or her computer display -- you respond -- and the computer displays the next question for the inspector, who continues to ask questions until he or she is satisfied you are not a smuggler or a threat.

This IS psychological profiling.  The government does it today.  The FBI does it.  Your local police do it.  Your banks and credit agencies do it.  But the Obama Administration won't do it because the airport pat downs have less to do with security than control of the American People.

This IS fascism, pure and simple.

Remember Benjamin Franklin's warning, "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."
Obama's America -- A Laughingstock

Why Airline Security Doesnít Work
Daniel Greenfield three men go on a camping trip.  On the way there theyíre told by a park ranger to be careful because their campsite is located near some dangerous animals.  What dangerous animals?  The park ranger wonít say, because that would be profiling.  "Just keep in mind," he tells them, "that people who camped there in the past never made it back alive."

As the sun goes down, they pick up their hunting rifles and stand watch for dangerous animals.  But they donít know what dangerous animals theyíre watching out for.  And they donít want to profile.  So they keep watch for crickets as much as for bears, and for deer as much as for mountain lions.  A rabbit, an owl or a bullfrog all equally frighten them out of their wits.  They open fire on mosquitoes and stand watch against monstrous raccoons.  By the end of the night, they can hardly see anything or react to danger.  That morning, a pair of mountain lions stroll lazily into their camp and find them snoring away.

This little story illustrates why we canít do things this way.  Because itís stupid and itís suicidal.  Human survival is based on recognizing threats, not on reacting to all stimuli because one of them might be threatening, but we donít want to single it out and make it feel bad.  If we actually did things that way, weíd all be dead by now.

There are three stages to coping with a threat.  First you have to recognize the threat.  Second, you have to formulate a plan for dealing with the threat.  Third, you have to implement the plan.

So far we havenít even made to the first stage.  We havenít recognized the threat.  At the airline security level, we insist that the threat is completely random.  Anyone at all could be a terrorist.  Thereís no specific ideology or countries that are sources of terrorism.  Instead terrorism is like some sort of disease.  Anyone at all could be a carrier.  And so we have to watch out for everyone.  All the time.  And like those hunters, weíre either on alert all the time or weíre completely apathetic.  Weíre either security manic or security depressive.  We go from letting everyone pass to strip searching everybody.  Thereís no rational approach to danger, because we donít have a rational plan.  We just go from 0 to 60 every time thereís a new threat.

Since we failed the first stage, we canít move on to the second stage.  We canít recognize the threat, so every plan we formulate to deal with is doomed from the start.  Instead of addressing a known threat, we go down a lot of blind alleys.  Technology keeps getting abused as a shortcut in another episode of security theater, as new machines are bought and installed.  But technology is "dumb."  Machines are a tool, not a plan.  Like any tool, they can let us do more.  But like all tools, theyíre only as smart as the people using them.  And the people using them are trained to be dumb.

"Dumb" is the only policy that can exist in the absence of intelligent threat recognition.  To be "smart" you have to make it to the second stage.  When you canít even identify the threat, then youíre hopelessly stuck on stupid, no matter what your IQ might be, or how many diplomas are hanging on your wall.  And if youíre just a glorified security guard following a "dumb" policy, then the outcome is going to be really dumb.

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Obama's Police State
Jeffrey T. Kuhner says Obama is engaging in a relentless assault on our freedoms and constitutional government.  The growing backlash against the new

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) airport screening procedures signifies that Americans finally may have had enough.

There is a grass-roots revolt against state-sanctioned sexual harassment.  And who can blame the protesters?  Children are stripped of their shirts, and their private parts are touched.  Nuns and old ladies are groped by intrusive TSA agents.  Breasts have been fondled.  Men's crotches have been patted down.  Full-body scanners show images of people naked -- a clear violation of privacy and civil liberties.

The administration insists that the enhanced procedures are vital for national security.  The rationale: Last year's underwear bomber nearly blew up a plane flying over Detroit.  Hence, everyone's private parts are now the property of the federal government -- at least when flying.

This is wrong and dangerous. Airport screening procedures have been a huge experiment in mass political correctness.  For fear of insulting Muslims, the U.S. government has insisted that all Americans take off their shoes, pull out their belts and walk through metal detectors at airports. Americans have patiently put up with these inconveniences.  But now, for many, enough is enough.  "Don't touch my junk" has become a national rallying cry.

The central problem with modern airport security is that it falsely assumes that every person -- each of the 7 billion people who inhabit the planet-is an equal terrorist threat.  The 80-year-old Irish Catholic nun, the 3-year-old toddler, the 61-year-old bladder cancer survivor whose urine bag was punctured by TSA apparatchiks -- all of them, according to Obama, are potential suicide bombers.  They're not.  To pretend they are is to engage in leftist multicultural fantasy.  It embodies the triumph of ideology over reality -- the deranged belief that anyone at any time is a lurking jihadist.

Islamic terrorism is not an open-ended, universal characteristic.  Rather, it is a specific, narrowly defined phenomenon.  It is fueled by Muslim extremists bent on waging a holy war against the West.  Its perpetrators tend to be young adults from the Middle East, North Africa, the Arab world and the Muslim ghettos of Europe.  Most jihadists fit this profile.  What is needed is not more groping, crotch-grabbing or nude screening, but better intelligence-gathering, random checking and targeted profiling.

Washington insists on perpetrating the illusion that a Christian grandmother in Iowa poses the same possible national security threat as a 19-year-old Yemenite exchange student majoring in Islamic studies.  Hence, America is squandering precious resources and manpower, as well as abrogating basic civil liberties and humiliating its population, in order to appease the sensitivities of the Muslim lobby.

Moreover, the new TSA procedures mark another major step in Obama's drive to impose state socialism.  If anyone else did what TSA agents do regularly, they rightly would be charged with sexual assault.  Obama has done the unthinkable: He has extended the federal government's reach into our most private, intimate body parts.  Big Brother not only watches us in the nude, he can routinely molest us at will.

The administration is not restricting its unprecedented power grab to airports.  Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano recently said that trains, boats and subways also may implement the same screening procedures.  If the White House has its way, Americans will be getting felt up on the Metro and Amtrak every day -- morning, afternoon and night.

Ultimately, these measures are not only degrading and wrongheaded.  They are profoundly illiberal, reflecting a deep-seated contempt for individual rights and civil dignity.  They also reveal a radical leftist outlook that views Americans not as self-governing citizens, but as subjects of a nanny state.

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Help You Make It To Your Flight

Buck Howdy pokes fun at the TSA  (02:10)
The two enemies of the people are criminals and government.  So let us tie the second down with the chains of the constitution, so the second will not become the legalized version of the first. -- Thomas Jefferson
The Dumbest Woman In America

Last Christmas when a Dutch passenger prevented the Crotch Bomber from blowing up a commercial airplane over Detroit, Janet Napolitano declared "the system worked."

In September, Napolitano said we donít need troops along the border with Mexico because the security situation is actually improving.

Now she declares that a year consists of 364 days:

"What I say to the American people is thatÖ thousands of people are working 24/7, 364 days a year to keep the American people safe."

You can't make this stuff up.  "Big Sis" has to be the most brain-dead person in government, and she's in charge of your security and safety.

Of course, if you're cynical, you're thinking that she knows exactly what she's talking about, because the 365th day is the day the next attack occurs, and she's just covering her butt.

Don't you feel secure now?

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