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'PC' Airport Screening Ignored 9/11 Suspects!
    #583751 - 03/19/02 09:55 PM (21 years, 11 months ago)

Politically Correct BULLSHIT!


Screening system
ignored nationality

FAA security official slams
politically correct profiling used
on 9-11

By Paul Sperry

WASHINGTON ? A computerized
system used by airlines to screen
suspicious passengers failed to expose
the 19 Arab hijackers on Sept. 11
because it omits key terrorist-profiling
indicators such as national origin, a
Federal Aviation Administration
security official says.

If airlines had profiled based on human
criteria, he says, the roughly 3,000
Americans who died that day might
still be alive.

"If human-profiling was conducted on
the terrorists who were made 'selectees'
that day, then maybe some or all of this
nefarious plot could have been
avoided," said the official, who works in
the FAA's Aviation Security Division

The Computer-Assisted Passenger
Profiling System, or CAPPS, selected six
hijackers for additional security
screening on Sept. 11, because they
bought one-way tickets using cash,
things that show up as red flags in the

But only their checked luggage was
searched, authorities say. The selected
passengers themselves weren't searched
or even questioned by airport security

That's because the so-called "Gore
Commission" on aviation security last
decade ruled out such profiling as

Washington-based Council on
American-Islamic Relations lobbied
hard against Arab-profiling at airports,
enlisting lawmakers like Rep. David
Bonior, a Democrat from a heavily Arab
district in Michigan. He, in turn,
lobbied FAA Administrator Jane
Garvey. The airlines, which handled
security at airport terminals, were also
reluctant to profile Arabs.

"CAPPS was developed because the
airline industry didn't want to do
human-profiling," said the FAA official,
who wished to remain anonymous. "Yet
human-profiling is the single-biggest
deterrent against terrorism in the
aviation industry."

CAPPS ignores key terror predictors, he
says, such as the nationality, ethnicity,
religion, language and even the sex of
passengers. Young men of Middle
Eastern origin tend to fit the
anti-American or anti-Israeli terrorist
profile, authorities say.

The computerized system instead flags
passengers based on relatively sterile
criteria involving the purchase of their
tickets. Did they pay cash or credit?
How many days in advance of the
flight? One-way or round-trip? Are they
irregular or frequent fliers?

Of course, such behavior can easily be
changed by would-be hijackers to fool
the system.

"CAPPS literally makes you a selectee
based on how you purchase your ticket,"
the FAA official said. "It has nothing to
do with fighting terrorism, in spite of
what the FAA says."

The computer also selects a certain
number of passengers by random.

For example, United Airlines Flight 93
passenger Nicole Miller was selected on
Sept. 11 to have her checked bags
secretly swept. The 21-year-old was
heading back home to San Jose, Calif.,
where she went to college and worked
as a waitress at Chili's. Her hijacked
plane crashed in Pennsylvania shortly
after take-off from Newark, N.J.

Edited by evolving (03/19/02 09:59 PM)

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Re: 'PC' Airport Screening Ignored 9/11 Suspects! [Re: ]
    #583815 - 03/19/02 11:53 PM (21 years, 11 months ago)

Would have made no diference...
These men boarded the plain with box cutters which were allowed, they had nothing on them to arouse suspicsion if they were searched and they all propably had good stories as to why they paid cash, and bought only 1 way tickets.

Given the method these terrorists used their really is nothing we could have done about it.. If terrorists wanted to do it again they could. I have a ceramic knife that wouldnt go off in a metal detector and these knives are for sale in your higher end cutlry stores all over the world.

The only safety measure that truely works is making the cabin a forterss.



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Re: 'PC' Airport Screening Ignored 9/11 Suspects! [Re: GabbaDj]
    #584114 - 03/20/02 09:46 AM (21 years, 11 months ago)

"Would have made no diference...

You do not know this. To dismiss this out of hand show you that you have very
little idea about police work (which is essentially what this is) and how to identify
criminals. As repugnent as it may be to the cultural elite, profiling works. Ask any

"The only safety measure that truely works is making the cabin a forterss"

The government could allow pilots to be armed if they so choose. We trust our lives
with pilots to fly the planes with hundreds of people on board, it is rediculous
that we should not trust them to be armed and defend themselves and the passengers.

Off duty police/FBI/marshals/etc. should be allowed to board planes armed
and even be given discount tickets if they are willing to defend passengers
from terrorists.

Please don't bring up the argument that a bullet puncturing the cabin could
cause a catastrophic decompression of the cabin. A .45 caliber hole will not
do this, this is Hollywood hyperbole. Additionally pilots or law enforcement
personnel who are armed could be required to only use special fragmentation
rounds. Even if you don't believe this, what would be better a 747 crashing into
a major office building and killing tousands of people, or a pilot having to make
an emergency landing after killing hijackers and having a few stray bullet holes
in the cabin?

The 2nd amendment was included in the U.S. Constitution for several reasons,
this is just one of those reasons.

I'll take my chance with armed pilots and properly used terrorist profiling.

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Re: 'PC' Airport Screening Ignored 9/11 Suspects! [Re: ]
    #584527 - 03/20/02 06:14 PM (21 years, 11 months ago)

Damnnnn, giving away all the secrets... Now all the terrorist druggies who come here will know, and will have the knowledge to avoid all screening, some things are better off not said, right?

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Re: 'PC' Airport Screening Ignored 9/11 Suspects! [Re: ]
    #584706 - 03/20/02 10:10 PM (21 years, 11 months ago)

Once they become federal employees, it will be extremely difficult to fire incompetent screeners.

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