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    Re: U.S. to Overhaul Security for Incoming Flights‎

    Quote Originally Posted by rathi View Post
    So we replace one braindead policy with another equally stupid one. Is it really that hard to find a nice chimp in a zoo somewhere that can write our TSA policy for us?
    Did you just volunteer for the job?

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    Re: U.S. to Overhaul Security for Incoming Flights‎

    I suspect that there is some misunderstanding concerning the policy change. Far from undermining U.S. security, the change might actually improve it by focusing more resources on persons who pose a greater risk.

    Law enforcement, like any other endeavor, does not have unlimited resources (personnel, time, funding). Therefore, it makes good sense to prioritize, focusing efforts where a disproportionate share of the risk exists.

    Screening all persons from a given country or number of countries is tantamount to prescribing medical exams for all persons from, let's say, New York State, on account of an outbreak of a cluster of highly virulent flu cases there. The better approach would be to screen individuals who are exhibiting symptoms of the flu, even as few cases might slip by (there is a short lag between one's becoming infected and one's developing symptoms). Actually, the former approach would probably permit more persons with the flu to escape notice, as the magnitude of the effort would be too overwhelming to be accomplished quickly enough. A similar principle applies when it comes to choosing between screening all persons or screening selectively based on information.

    The article also notes that the new approach should reduce the inconvenience caused to innocent travelers. The flip side of the inconvenience the earlier policy was imposing on innocent travelers was that law enforcement resources (personnel, time, and money) were being consumed screening innocent people. As a result, fewer resources would remain to target persons who might pose a greater risk. The new policy should free up resources for addressing higher-risk persons. With additional resources available, more robust screenings and other counterterrorism efforts should be possible. With a focus placed on persons posing a possible risk based on information toward that end, such efforts should also be more effective.

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    Re: U.S. to Overhaul Security for Incoming Flights‎

    Did you just volunteer for the job?
    Indeed. I can type with both hands, both feet and a tail, so I have a major advantage over you hairless ape-wanabes. Not to mention I am still alot more intelligent than the entire TSA employment roster combined.

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