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Bring it on and throw in profiling. 37% 85 votes
There are better ways to handle this. 29% 67 votes
The jury is out; so for now -- no. 5% 13 votes
Sure; I've got no problems with it. 27% 63 votes
228 total votes

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With the questions of Michael Chertoff ex head of Homeland Security having an interest in the company that makes the full body scanners and the fact that the Nigerian boarded a plane headed for the US without a passport or a visa and was reported to the local embassy where he would not have gotten a visa but was still allowed to board... And no one was fired? It smacks of intelligence operation and please pass me my tin foil hat there are too many facts to consider before I am scanned naked.

contactjohn (anonymous profile)
January 15, 2010 at 9:32 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Flying nude would solve this problem.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
January 17, 2010 at 11:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)

ContactJohn is 100% correct, and he's not wearing a tinfoil hat. The combined paranoia and hatred exhibited by the powers-that-be, combined with the general promotion of fear of phantoms and boogeymen, with the corporate media in full "knee-pad" mode, is the real problem. The "tinfoil hat"/conspiracy theory name-calling tactic that is leveled against anyone who fails to toe the line of authoritarianism on a kneejerk, is the modus operandum of those with no argument; in other words, the ranks of deceivers, manipulators and weasels who, out or laziness and cowardice, will forsake truth and reality for a misguided sense of comfort and security, driven by "safety in numbers".

Just look at those poll numbers: almost half the respondents advocate the "Bring It On and Throw in Profiling" option. Don't people *THINK*, or have any grasp of modern history? What's the next stage? Forcing Muslims to wear armbands with the "Crescent Moon and Star" symbol in public? After that, all it takes will be another staged, or "false flag" terrorist attack blamed on the Muslim community by the ranks of Islamophobes and hatemongers in DC with their lapdog corporate media in full support, and "Simple Profiling" will become "Heavy Manners". What does that mean? Use your brains, and read the history books. It's not pretty.

Human nature remains consistent, and when there is absolute power concentrated amongst too few, the scene is set for a slide towards tyranny. This is the trend: Our current (relatively) free society framed by the Constitution with its Bill of Rights means nothing if the population can be so easily misled and coerced into thinking they are in constant danger, either real or imaginary. And when the people are supine, perpetually lied to by the media, without the time, opportunity or inclination to absorb the truth, then it becomes a piece of cake to dismantle those freedoms, piece by piece, and install a society run on the principle of "maximum security". It's been tried over and over again, throughout the world, throughout the centuries, and its always the same ugly result. Just because we are America and Americans does NOT mean to say that such cannot happen here.

Forget "conspiracy". All it takes is human nature.

bloggulator (anonymous profile)
January 18, 2010 at 12:41 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Scanning is preferable to being blown up. There are people whose mission in life is to kill Americans. You can't reason with them. All the Koombayah in the world won't affect them. And they are obviously getting better at penetrating our defenses.

So far as profiling goes, the PM of Israel made an interesting comment recently: "not all Muslims are terrorists, but virtually all terrorists are Muslims". Israel has not had a terrorist incident on a flight originating in their country for 30 years - they have and do quite openly profile - obviously it is quite effective. Profiling makes much more sense than inspecting grannies and kids. Problem is that too many people here have no idea of what could happen to them and seem to think that their idea of personal privacy and freedom is much more important than preventing the deaths of thousands. Liberty is important, but so is life.

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
January 21, 2010 at 8:34 a.m. (Suggest removal)

SBA (SB Municipal Airport) is YEARS away from those new scanners. Nearly all the equipment at SBA is hand-me-downs from LAX. We just do not have the volume of passenger traffic to warrant the expense of the new stuff.

For now this will have to be the TSA and the City Airport Patrol and their stun guns and Glocks.

David_Pritchett (David Pritchett)
January 22, 2010 at 10:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)

contactjohn ---- your facts are incorrect. This demonstrates the irresponsibility of the media, and how all "facts" should be checked.

"Meanwhile, Dutch authorities dismissed reports that airport officials permitted Abdulmutallab to board the flight in Amsterdam without a passport. A spokesman for its counter-terrorism office said: “He had a passport and a valid visa for the United States and KLM had clearance on the passenger list to carry him to the US.”"

tabatha (anonymous profile)
January 23, 2010 at 10:39 p.m. (Suggest removal)

How about a colonoscopy while you are at it? Get rid of all those powder keg parasites that too may people have. Can married couples go at the same time, like on the bathroom towel rack, his and hers?

Too much invasion of privacy for me. What are these genital exposing pictures to show? That someone has replaced a boob with a bo*b.

The vote is no from here. We are already exposed to too much random electrical energy. Your cell phone is a radio broadcasting tower right next to your brain, a regulated electrical storm. Stand under a high power line, like the ones coming over the hills. Hold up a neon tube light in the middle of the air. Watch it light up.
Too scary for me.

Bird (anonymous profile)
January 25, 2010 at 9:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

David,

Where do you get your information? Because you are very wrong. Do you just make stuff up?

InTheKnow (anonymous profile)
January 26, 2010 at 11:09 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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