Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Enhanced Screening, the ACLU, and CAIR

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In response to the Underwear Bomber's, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, failed attempt to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight headed for Detroit on Christmas day, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration has issued more stringent screening guidelines. The guidelines, or enhanced screening, apply to passengers traveling from countries that have been identified as "state sponsors of terrorism."

The TSA states that, "Every individual flying into the U.S. from anywhere in the world traveling from or through nations that are state sponsors of terrorism or other countries of interest will be required to go through enhanced screening."  The majority of these countries could best be described as "Muslim" countries.

It should come as no surprise that civil liberties groups have come out to condemn the new guidelines. The ACLU (the Anti-American Civil Liberties Union) has said that the new guidelines are,"essentially a pretext for racial profiling, which is ineffective, unconstitutional and violates American values. We shouldn't complacently surrender our rights for a false sense of security." 

Not to be left out, CAIR (the Council on American-Islamic Relations) had to put in their two cents, "Under these new guidelines, almost every American Muslim who travels to see family or friends or goes on pilgrimage to Mecca will automatically be singled out for special security checks -- that's profiling," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad in a statement. "While singling out travelers based on religion and national origin may make some people feel safer, it only serves to alienate and stigmatize Muslims and does nothing to improve airline security," Awad said.

My response?  I could give a flying fuck what the ACLU or CAIR has to say on the subject.  Conservatively, I would say that I probably disagree with the ACLU at least 90% of the time, and I would say most patriotic Americans feel the same.  And let's not even get me started about CAIR.  CAIR leaders have been quoted as saying that they want "Islam to be the dominant religion of the United States," and they want "the US to be under sharia law."  

Let's face it, if you are going fishing for tuna are you going to go to the desert or are you going out to the ocean? While not all Muslims are terrorists, the vast majority of terrorists have been Muslims.  If you are going to try to find terrorists and prevent them from coming to this country, don't you need to identify them where they are?  I am sorry (not really) if that viewpoint offends the sensibilities of groups like the ACLU and CAIR, but CAIR has been silent for too long and too slow in condemning terrorist activities.  Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab never should have been on that flight on Christmas day.  If so called "profiling" can prevent another Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab then it is worth it in my humble opinion.    
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