I wrote this last December: “One thing we have seen over the years since 9/11 is that airport security is always one step behind the jihadists: after jihadist Richard Reid attempted to set off a bomb hidden in his shoes, we all have to take off our shoes and send them through security scanners. After a group of jihadists tried to sneak onto planes explosive chemicals hidden in drink bottles, we can’t carry drinks through airport security terminals. Because Abdulmutallab attempted his jihad attack just before the plane landed, now we can’t get up during the last hour of the flight. The one thing that the TSA should have learned, but hasn’t, is that next time the jihadists will do something else, not just repeat what they did before. And even if every passenger were given a full body cavity search, they will find some way to get around it. But attempt a new approach based on sensible profiling? The TSA would rather fold up shop altogether.”
This new measure won’t stop a single jihad terror attack. Confronting the ideology and belief-system that motivates such attacks might do that, but there is no way Napolitano is going to do that.
“U.S. Bans All Cargo Shipments From Somalia,” from Fox News, November 8 (thanks to Joel):
DEVELOPING: The U.S. is banning all cargo shipments from Somalia following the failed mail bomb plot that originated in Yemen, Reuters reports.
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Monday that toner and ink cartridges over 16 ounces will also be prohibited on U.S.-bound commercial planes….