With all the commotion over full-body scans and pat-downs (which resemble sexual assaults) at our airports, it is high time we begin profiling as Israelis have done for years. The TSA should definitely be looking at passports. If a passenger has traveled to Muslim nations which support terrorism, he should get closer scrutiny.
Individuals from Muslim nations should be checked more carefully. Let's face the facts: terrorists are Muslims. I haven't heard any cases of fair-haired Norwegians. Have you?
And last, but not least, closely examining behavior is of the utmost importance. Israeli security officials have been taught to spot those who are acting suspicious and could be potential terrorists.
Why can't we implement many of the tools that they use? Political correctness should not take a priority over our safety. Good Muslims should not be offended by closer security because it ensures their own safety. If they have nothing to hide, why the objection?
Read what one Lebanese American has to say on the subject, via One News Now:
Gabriel to TSA: 'Profile, profile, profile'
"A national defense advocate and terrorism expert says the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) needs to stop invading the privacy of law-abiding American travelers and use profiling to weed out potential terrorists.
John Pistole, the head of the TSA, recently told CBS on The Early Show he understands the public's distaste for invasive airport security procedures, particularly hand pat-downs. But he insists the attempted bombing of a U.S.-bound plane last Christmas and the more recent effort to ship packages with bombs to the United States on cargo planes makes tougher security necessary.
Brigitte Gabriel, founder and president of ACT! for America, and author of The New York Times bestseller, They Must Be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It, says there is a better alternative: 'Profile, profile, profile.'
'People who do not have anything to hide do not mind being profiled,' she contends. 'I come from the Middle East; I look Middle Eastern. Do you think I would mind one bit if somebody pulled me aside and asked me a few questions before I boarded a plane? Anybody who has nothing to hide will sound exactly like I do -- whether you are a Muslim, whether you are a Christian [or] whether you are from the Middle East. And when someone complains and does not the sound the way I sound about being profiled, you'd better watch out for them because they are up to something no good,' she suggests.
Instead of spending millions of dollars on high-tech invasive scanners, Gabriel thinks the TSA should invest in training its agents on how to profile passengers like the Israelis have done successfully for so many years."
UPDATE: 70% of Americans want Israeli-style airport security