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Screening Reduced For Terrorist Hotbeds

From a relieved Associated Press:

Official says new checks set for travelers to US

By Eileen Sullivan, Associated Press Writer

April 2, 2010

WASHINGTON – Travelers from 14 countries that have been home to terrorists will no longer automatically face extra screening before they fly to the U.S.

Beginning this month, anyone traveling to the U.S. will instead be screened based on specific information about potential terrorist threats, a senior Obama administration official said. A person would be stopped if he or she matches a description, even if officials do not have a suspect’s name, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive security issues.

Paradoxically, despite this and other reports to the contrary, this new edict actually means less screening. Going from everyone getting patted down to only some getting patted down equals less screening no matter how you spin it.

So why is this being portrayed everywhere as an increase in security?

And by the way, how is this new approach not ‘profiling’? — Which, by the way, it will soon be called. Right before the process is dropped altogether.

Come to think of it, maybe that is the plan.

For example, if the U.S. has intelligence about a Nigerian man between the ages of 22 and 32 whom officials believe is a threat or a known terrorist, under the new policy all Nigerian men within that age range will receive extra screening before they are allowed to fly to the U.S. If intelligence later shows that the suspect is not a terrorist, travelers will not be screened against that description.

Got that?

The new procedures replace those that went into effect after the attempted bombing of a jetliner en route to Detroit on Christmas Day. Those rules required extra screening, such as full-body pat-downs, for everyone from, or traveling through, any of these 14 countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

The new terror-screening strategy, to be announced Friday, is a result of a review ordered by President Barack Obama…

The new policy should significantly decrease the number of innocent travelers from the 14 countries who have been inconvenienced by the extra screening, the official said

Well, that’s important. We certainly don’t want to hamper the travel of folks coming from well known terrorist hotbeds.

After all, the motto of Homeland Security and the TSA is ‘no one shall be inconvenienced.’

The U.S. does not have the authority to screen passengers in foreign airports. But if air carriers do not agree to follow the U.S. guidelines for international aviation security, they could be fined and potentially banned from operating flights to the U.S.

Don’t you feel safer all ready?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, April 2nd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Screening Reduced For Terrorist Hotbeds”

  1. proreason says:

    But what about white grannies from terrorist hotbeds…..certainly they will still be screened.

    And babies.

  2. canary says:

    Pro, white grannies should be looked at. The terrorists have recruiting the likely of those to be suspected. White, light hair, individuals pretending to be Christians.
    Look what a good job Obama did in fooling America, though he had the signs

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