I'd like to make this as simple as possible.
I typically fly once a year. I fly from Phoenix Sky Harbor to a final destination of Cleveland Hopkins. I fly Southwest Airlines. My flight is typically on Christmas Day, or within a day or two before at most. Southwest Airlines certainly has record of this flight history, and it's likely the government has this information as well.
I have one family member who flies for business. This family member uses one of two major carriers, and their flights can be to the same destination for weeks on end. This person flies out of their home city on Sunday, or perhaps Monday, and their return flight is close to the end of the week - Friday after business, or perhaps Thursday if work is done for the week.
Again - the carriers have this person's flight history on record, and I'd bet every penny I have to my name that our overreaching federal government knows full well about this person's pattern of flying as well.
These are just two simple examples of two Americans who should not be subjected to this ridiculous new governmental intrusion, courtesy of the TSA, which today Rush Limbaugh appropriately named "Tough S#!% America."
There is no reason that upon verification of ID, these two Americans should be subjected to any more than and a simple walk-through of a metal detector and a scan of our carry-on bag. We shouldn't even have to remove our shoes, in my humble opinion.
Blame it on Obama - it's his government now, and his DHS Secretary who is defending this asinine policy.
Blame it on Bush - it was his "progressive" side that allowed him to create this monstrosity of government intrusion called DHS after September 11, 2001.
Democrat, Republican - what's the difference. The bottom line is that this is embarrassing, and a prime example of why the Tea Party exists. Enough damned government, already.
Can't we find professionals who are trained to read patterns of behavior and profile accordingly? What are our former CIA operatives doing with their lives? How about retired police detectives who are trained in interrogation? Do I watch too much NCIS, to the point that I believe we have professionals who are trained to read "tells" in body language? Funny - I can "tell" when my co-workers are telling me a tall-tale, yet we can't competently screen
Profile based on nationality. Sorry - no, I'm not sorry, damn it. It's not the 63-year-old Grandma or the 7-year-old little boy who is going to blow up a plane, and if they are rigged with some device by a cretin who had the audacity to use another soul for their devious plot, their behavior will give them away.
Get real technology. Screw this full-body-image, see your "T&A" scanner crap. Get the type of technology that reads body temperature, and have people trained to understand how they indicate that there is a terrorist in line. With that technology, the people you're going to catch are those who are wired on meth or cocaine, or those who are trying (or being used to try) to blow up a plane. Either way, it's a win-win situation.
It's really simple, and our government is really stupid. And when I say stupid, I mean really, really stupid.
Hell, even I can figure this one out, and I'm just a high-school graduate with a handful of college credits, who makes less than the average government worker. Of course, since I'm not Harvard Law School educated, nobody will take me seriously...
Hey, government - get your hands off my Tea Bag.