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Obama calls airport pat-downs frustrating but necessary
President Obama said today he sympathizes with passenger complaints about aggressive body pat-downs at airports, but his counter-terrorism aides say they are necessary to guard against hidden explosives.
Balancing privacy and security is a "tough situation," Obama told reporters at a news conference following the NATO summit in Lisbon, Portugal.
"One of the most frustrating aspects of this fight against terrorism is that it has created a whole security apparatus around us that causes a huge inconvenience for all of us," Obama said....
"President Obama said today he sympathizes with passenger complaints about aggressive body pat-downs at airports, but his counter-terrorism aides say they are necessary to guard against hidden explosives."
1) He sympathises with them? Left-wingers delight in reducing people to the status of things.
2) How many explosives have been found by pat-down?
3) How many old blue-eyed women have ever been found to have hidden explosives on their person? How many children?
4) Does Obama get this pat-down before boarding an aircraft? If everyone is assumed to be a potential bomber until proven innocent, why not him? Wouldn't you think someone who despises his country as much as he does, earn a fondle or two?
"Obama calls airport pat-downs frustrating but necessary"
...until they (hopefully soon!) find a better way to screen passengers.
This reminds me former Sec. of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's response to a soldier's complaint about inadequate armor-protection early in the most recent Iraq war. "You go to war with the army you have, not the army you WISH you had...", he said.
Eventually the armor deficiency was largely solved. Let's hope similar swift improvements can be made to our passenger-screening capabilites as well.
I work in the microchip industry, and there is NO WAY we can inspect every single chip we make, which is why our engineers use methods like statistical process control and others to streamline the inspection and testing procedures for microchips. Surely our airport security gurus can come up with better ways than fondling people or "uncovering their nakedness", as it were, to improve overall security.
Incidently, our foes, who make a huge deal of clothing and covering themselves up--especially their women--no doubt perceive (and enjoy) our humiliation even more than we do!