Saturday, July 23, 2011

Is the Israeli model so great?

Conservatives who don't like the TSA's current policy, but are still hopelessly bound up in the idea that we need airport security and, furthermore, the answer is profiling, often point to Israel as a model. Here's a sympathizer to the security state's take on traveling in Israel:
All told, it took me more than 90 minutes to get to my gate, although a good portion of that can be attributed to the ticket counter.
This process works well, mainly because Israelis are looking for actual security problems and not simply sampling for problems.  But the application in the US would be controversial on several points.  First, as noted, Israelis have no qualms about profiling as part of this process.  But perhaps more of an issue is the time and effort needed in this process. ...
Nevermind that all of this is still unconstitutional. We are innocent until proven guilty in this country. Detainments must be based on reasonable suspicion. Searches require written warrants signed by a judge detailing the person, time, place, crime, etc... We shouldn't want to turn our country into a police state. And, by the way, the terrorists don't hate us because we're free. Solve the underlying problem and we won't have to worry about bombs on our airplanes.