Bruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5083 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2299 times:
So far it appears that whatever was in his shoe did have some "explosive" powers. There's talk of "C4" which of course the airport screeners cannot detect.
and I heard one source describe the man as "arabic-looking". The name Richard Reid was the fake ID name.
The "evil-doers" may be on to something here. We may hear more of these kinds of stories and they may not all end so peacefully I'm afraid.
It is just simply impossible to screen a human for every possible type of substance that can harm. You simply cannot strip search people before they board.
I don't advocate Racial Profiling.....I'm sure you people know what that is....but in this "new war" situation I think you just have to. It's like a necessary evil. An Arabic-looking person who boards a plane with no checked baggage bound for America...with an English name...should raise some suspicion. if it means pissing off some good honest arabs, then "oh well". The enemy in this war is blending into the population...and profiling people may be the only way to weed them out.
Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens