Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Nov 2010 22:34 UTC
In the News As none other I know how problematic it is to discuss matters related to politics on the web. However, every now and then, there's no way around it, and this is one of those moments. There's this thing going on at airports in the US, and while many will see it as a separate issue, the body scanner issue, and the sad stories it has spawned, are symptoms of a far larger problem that is a direct threat to everything we've fought for during and since the Enlightenment.
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and my comment...
by bnolsen on Wed 17th Nov 2010 05:49 UTC
bnolsen
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2006-01-06

last time i was in the toronto airport coming back to the states this spring I saw one of those scanners. I didn't go through it. My partner and I went to eat at a restaurant inside the terminal...they brought us silverware with some big steak knives! I was very tempted to walk back to the security area with one of these knives in hand, give it to them and tell them "hey, you forgot this", except I kind of did want to go home that day.

The point is...there's lots of ways to blow a plane. Basically the stupid scanners and pat downs is like trying to put chewing gum on a crack in a damn. They need to start scanning cargo. They need to probably push the security check to the gate itself.

They need to *NOT* give muslims special treatment and let them bypass the scanners and the patdowns like stupid sec of homeland security was saying today.

But really I'm pretty offended that the whole airport security guarantees a criminal terrorist free roaming zone. I'm stripped of my natural righs of self defense and any criminal or terrorist who gets through is about guaranteed to know everyone on the plane has been nothing to fight back with.

Edited 2010-11-17 05:53 UTC

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RE: and my comment...
by Soulbender on Wed 17th Nov 2010 08:16 in reply to "and my comment..."
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

They need to *NOT* give muslims special treatment and let them bypass the scanners and the patdowns like stupid sec of homeland security was saying today.


Wait, what? Did I read that right? They want to let muslims BYPASS the security checks? For real?! Not to be judgemental or anything but many muslims do have a grudge against the US and the very people who did attack you happen to have been, uh muslims. Not saying all muslims are terrorist and want to blow up america but it does seem a bit counter-productive to let the religious group that perhaps hate you the most (on average) bypass the security.

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RE[2]: and my comment...
by Kroc on Wed 17th Nov 2010 08:48 in reply to "RE: and my comment..."
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Look out the window, everybody hates you America, not just Muslims.

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