Tuesday, December 29, 2009

What We Can Learn From Israel

After the recent attempted terrorist attack on Delta Flight 253 by yet another Muslim extremist this past week, the media has been flooded with investigative reports about airport screening, failed security, and the use of full body scanners among other things.

This screams to me red herring. I have a simple, quick, cheap, and most importantly EFFECTIVE way of preventing airline terrorist attacks. So simple in fact, that I think Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano's head might explode out of sheer amazement at the awesome simplicity of it.

It's what the Israelis call the Human Factor, and it is why they haven't had a airplane hijacking since 1969.

The Human Factor is the common sense practice and procedure of channeling security assets and searches based upon suspected human characteristics, traits, and appearances. In layman's terms, it is pinpointing and flagging certain individuals if they match the description of a terrorist. Racial or ethnic profiling you could call it. But I think it goes much deeper than just race. In fact, I don't think race is much of an issue at all. Religion is the issue and it isn't hard to recognize it.

Let's take a look at all the names of airline terrorists over the past decade:

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab
Mohamed Atta al Sayed
Waleed al-Shehri
Wail al-Shehri
Abdulaziz al-Omari
Satam al-Suqami
Marwan al-Shehhi
Fayez Banihammad
Mohand al-Shehri
Hamza al-Ghamdi
Ahmed al-Ghamdi
Hani Hanjour
Khalid al-Mihdhar
Majed Moqed
Nawaf al-Hazmi
Salem al-Hazmi
Ziad Jarrah
Ahmed al-Haznawi
Ahmed al-Nami
Saeed al-Ghamdi
Abdul Raheem
Nazamuddin Mohammidy

Anyone notice a trend here? I don't see any John Smiths, Bill Wilsons, or William Joneses.

In fact, if you look at every plane hijacking, or attempted hijacking since the year 2000 Muslims make up nearly 80% of them worldwide. And if you look at overall terrorist activity, airline plots included, that number soars much much higher.

This is what the Israelis are smart enough to figure out and bold enough to turn into action.

From Wikipedia...

As part of its focus on this so-called "human factor," Israeli security officers interrogate travelers using racial profiling, singling out those who appear to be Arab based on name or physical appearance. Additionally, all passengers, even those who do not appear to be of Arab descent, are questioned as to why they are traveling to Israel, followed by several general questions about the trip in order to search for inconsistencies. Although numerous civil rights groups have demanded an end to the profiling, Israel maintains that it is both effective and unavoidable. As stated by Ariel Merari, an Israeli terrorism expert, "it would be foolish not to use profiling when everyone knows that most terrorists come from certain ethnic groups. They are likely to be Muslim and young, and the potential threat justifies inconveniencing a certain ethnic group."

So one begs to ask the question. Why are we not doing this? Ethnicity aside. Just look at the name of the person! If it is a Muslim name, PULL HIM/HER ASIDE, QUESTION THEM, AND THOROUGHLY SEARCH THEM. PERIOD. The Israelis do it and it works. Unlike cute, tolerant, diverse America (Obama's America) Israel has balls. And this shouldn't just apply to airports, but everywhere! I would say ban all Muslims from entering the United States but I think that might be going too far.

Racial/Religious/Name profiling, however, is not going too far. If the person is found not to be a threat after extensive search, then they can be on their way. It is that simple.

And why does the media keep regurgitating this nonsense about the need for full body scanners. At $170,000 a pop, I think the previously stated alternative is much more logical.

On a side note, I think Janet Napolitano is a disgrace and more of a threat to America than any one Islamic terrorist. And I mean that wholeheartedly.


Les Carpenter said...

Excellent post. My wife and I were just talking about this very issue the other day and she musing why we just don't call the Israelis and have them enlighten us.

So simple, so effective, and yet our security net doesn't seem to get it. Perhaps by choice?

Donald Borsch Jr. said...


Such a racist post. I am offended.

I need to now eat copious amounts of Ben and Jerry's Hippy Commie Wuss-Crunch to ease my pain, re-read (for the 56th time), "The Audacity of Hope". and watch The View on my dvr.

You right-wingers are so mean and hateful. Why are you picking on people of diverse cultures who happen to have unique names? Hate-monger!


Keep up the good fight, brother. Someone around this joint needs to point these things out to the rest of America, and it looks like that person would be...You. Long Live the Republic.

Left Coast Rebel said...

Great post Hack, I posted a section of this at LCR pointing back to you, be sure to tell me that is ok by you.


Timeshare Jake said...

Left Coast Rebel sent me over here. Kudos to your article for pointing out the truth. The last caucasion WASP I remember hijacking a plane was DB Cooper. That was nearly 40 years ago.

The Born Again American said...

Bungalow Bill, I didn't realize DB was a Jihadist, thanks for clearing that up for me... Seriously, it's time to squash these low lifes once and for all... It is inevitable that one day, probably sooner than later, one of these assholes are going to succede in their mission and hundreds if not thousands of innocent Americans are going to die... I say we nuke them and be done with it... Just like Ted Nugent, I too believe in "Enola Gay Rights"...

Anonymous said...

Great post, Hack. I guess copying the Israeli model is too simple and politicians can't create a billion dollar boondoggle out of it.

PC will be the death of us...

Anonymous said...

Hiya Hack...I too was sent by LCR and BB ... just wanted a chance to give a huge thumbs-up directly. Thanks for a great post!

El Cerdo Ignatius said...

Hack, you insensitive goon. Your suggestion screams of common sense and tramps all over political correctness, so there is little hope of it being adopted.

Hack said...

Thank you all for the comments. Much appreciated!