Monday, March 07, 2005

 

Security and Political Correctness

From MSNBC via Captains Quarters:

Michael Tuohey of Scarborough said he was suspicious of Atta and Abdulaziz Alomari when they rushed through the Portland International Jetport to make their flight to Boston that day.

Atta’s demeanor and the pair’s first-class, one-way tickets to Los Angeles made Tuohey think twice about them.

“I said to myself, ’If this guy doesn’t look like an Arab terrorist, then nothing does.’ Then I gave myself a mental slap, because in this day and age, it’s not nice to say things like this,” Tuohey told the Maine Sunday Telegram. “You’ve checked in hundreds of Arabs and Hindus and Sikhs, and you’ve never done that. I felt kind of embarrassed.”

The degree to which PC forces people to supress their natural instincts is truly dangerous. That passenger scruitny at airports is subject to a rigid quota regime enforced through fines is an outrage. Captain Ed has it right:
Have we learned any better since that time? Inasmuch as airport security continues to limit the number of passengers that can be screened based on ethnicity, it appears not. TSA, the successor to the private security agencies that used to perform airport screening, appears to prioritize diversity and PC just as highly as Tuohey did that day.

Captain Ed concludes:
This is an awful lesson to learn once. Will we have to learn it twice?

Apparently, yes.

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