Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Barney Fife is Alive and Well, and Working for the TSA

Perhaps it's just me.

Oddly enough, I'm not not at all surprised that the same Travel Gestapo --- until now primarily known for keeping 3-month old infants off planes because they have the same name as a terrorist, and making everyone take off their shoes when the pass through security --- somehow mananged to let Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab pass onto a plane bound for Detroit...and almost blow it up.

Determined to be politically correct, the TSA won't profile passengers, to pay attention to those who may actually pose a threat. Instead they waste everyone's time, including their own, pretending to make everyone safe, rather than taking the steps necessary to ensure it.

Fortunately, this Mad Bomber Wannabe was too inept to cause the damage he intended. For that we have to thank the passengers and crew of the Flight he was on for rising up and stopping him themselves.

I think we could all do with a deep breath, and a bit more common sense.

JEFFREY CAMINSKY, a veteran public prosecutor in Detroit, Michigan, specializes in the appellate practice of criminal law and writes on a wide range of topics. His books include the science fiction adventure novel The Star Dancers, the exciting second volume in the Guardians of Peace-tm series, The Sonnets of William Shakespeare, and the acclaimed Referee’s Survival Guide, a book on soccer officiating. All are published by New Alexandria Press, and are available on Amazon, as well as directly from the publisher.

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