There was a really interesting piece on this in the WSJ yesterday. Until I read that, I was really ignorant on the whole profiling debate.
You really can’t do it by appearance. Remember Jihad Jane? According to the article, we should be more concerned with home grown jihadi converts who could be any race.
The emphasis really has to be on profiling, but sticking strictly to physical appearance isn’t going to cut it.
The column also points out that as soon as it becomes clear we are giving extra scrutinty to 18-50 yo ME men, they’ll figure it out & start using another demographic.
These home grown converts are really scary. Body scanners are clearly the wrong techonology tho, at least from what I’ve learned about them. Thermal imagers would make a lot more sense.
Profiling does NOT mean basing everything on physical appearance — the Israeli method has been proven successful, here is a little more info about it:
Israeli airport gives rare glimpse into security
But it requires intelligent, trained workers.
That's true - but there aren't that many Americans who will blow themselves up to get some theoretical 72 virgins. I suspect to have that type of insanity most people would have to be raised with it.
Also, there's behavior profiling - blood pressure readings, heart rate stuff - pure instinct on the part of people who have looked for terrorists for years... Then incentives could be put in place to divide every day Muslims from the nuts - put them on our side...
The only good thing about the TSA is they're actively recruiting for Republicans by they way they treat people....