Perhaps the position was filled, or perhaps Disney didn’t want its customers knowing that it is aware that it is a target of those who want to “strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of Allah” (Qur’an 8:60). But what’s this about “face pale from recent shaving of beard” Is Disney, and its source, the TSA, suggesting that there might be some terror threat from people who are known to wear beards, i.e., Muslims? Is this some kind of implied “Islamophobia”? Expect the TSA and Disney to get strongly-worded letters from Ibrahim “Honest Ibe” Hooper of the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and to revise that warning guideline forthwith — since everyone knows that 80-year-old wheelchair-bound Methodist grandmothers from Iowa are just as much of a terror threat as 25-year-old, athletic Muslim males from Pakistan.
“Is Disney Looking for a Counterterrorism Intern?,” by Lauren Walker, Newsweek, October 16, 2015:
Wanted: an intern for the Walt Disney Company. Qualifications include superior writing and research skills, effective use of Microsoft Office products and the ability to provide in-depth analysis of developing terror threats. Willingness to respond 24/7 a plus.
No, you’re not reading ClickHole. Disney is looking for a counterterrorism intern. The “Global Intelligence Analyst Intern” position is slated to begin at “the Happiest Place on Earth” in the spring of 2016. The chosen intern will assist Disney’s “counter threat” intelligence support team in compiling threat assessments, spanning “counterterrorism, physical threats, cyberattacks and all reputational risks to [Disney].” He or she will also help determine the best ways to counter these threats to ensure the safety of Mickey and Minnie’s employees, and, of course, Cinderella’s Magic Castle.
The listing was removed from Disney’s website on Friday afternoon. “It could be that they found a candidate,” a Disney spokeswoman tells Newsweek. “It could be that they don’t need that role anymore or the role has changed.”
While it may come as a surprise that Disney has a robust threat-assessment unit (interns and all), this isn’t the company’s first foray into the world of counterterrorism. In July 2009, the Transportation Security Administration trained Disney employees on how to spot potential terrorists, The Intercept reported. The training was part of the TSA’s $900 million behavior detection program, which uses a 92-item checklist to decide if a person might pose a risk. Such behaviors include but are not limited to:
-Excessive throat clearing
-Whistling as the individual approaches the screening process
-Face pale from recent shaving of beard
“No single behavior alone will cause a traveler to be referred to additional screening or will result in a call to a law enforcement officer,” the TSA told The Intercept. “The program was created by TSA, using behavior analysis techniques that have been successfully employed by law enforcement and security personnel both in the U.S. and internationally.”…