Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A Modest Proposal

On Christmas Day 2009, aspiring Nigerian pantybomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab set his explosive-laden underwear on fire in an attempt to bring down the aeroplane on which he was traveling to Detroit. This was the first attempt to bring down an American airliner since shoebomber Richard Reid tried to light his explosive shoes on fire in late 2001. It was also a huge failure in airport security, since security protocols had been strengthened multiple times since the September 11 attacks, and this sort of thing was just not supposed to happen anymore.

To it's credit, the US administration immediately tried to rectify these security holes. Homeland Security Janet Napolitano tried in a time tested manner to stick her head in the metaphorical sand and pretend that security worked just fine. The Transportation Security Administration issued new guidelines that would ban blankets, toilet privileges for passengers and inflight movies on the theory that if flying was made tedious enough, terrorists would refuse to fly. Bill Clinton (who is not a member of the administration but might as well be) redoubled his efforts to reduce the number of virgins in the world and the next, thereby denying terrorists a valuable recruiting tool.

However, it is already apparent that these measures will not fly. The American public is in no mood to be denied its blankets, potty breaks and the chance to catch up on old reruns of Friends on boring long-haul intercontinental flights. They are even less inclined to put up with intrusive searches by hand or even by the proposed new millimeter scanners (that would report TSAs to see, save and share with 37 of their best friends images of your privates). The administration is thus caught between a chunk of vitrified minerals and a hard place: It must make sure that such attacks never come so close to success in the future, but it must also try and not inconvenience the great majority of the American flying public. The security apparat is this scrambling to find a new security protocol that will allow them to stay within these two strictures.

It is our opinion that there already exists a method that would allow the TSA to secure American planes while at the same time keeping most passengers from unnecessary discomfort. However the weak-kneed civil libertarians and bleeding heart liberals who currently populate power structures in Washington are too yellow to even consider it. That method, that solution, that silver bullet is a simple technique perfected by police departments in ghettos across America: Profiling. But how would this profiling work?
A Typical Engineer
Consider this: What is common to Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri, Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, Mohammad Atta and Umar Frouk Abdulmutallab other than they are all lowlife terrorist scum? That's right, they are all engineers. Engineers are overrpresented in the membership Jihadi terrorist groups. Al-Qaeda and the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood (the parent organisation of Hamas), the Lashkar e-Taiba, Jamiya Islamia and Hezbollah were chiefly founded by engineers. It is no exaggeration that most if not all the top leadership of jihadi groups are trained in engineering. This phenomenon is so striking that sociologists write lengthy papers (link pdf) trying to explain this trend.

But what does this have to do with airplane security and with profiling? Well, it's simple. While it is true that most engineers are not terrorists, it is evident that almost all terrorists are engineers. That being the case, it is the our opinion that if you are male, an engineer and between 18 and 28 years of age, you should be strip searched at the security gate of airports. This is a serious and harsh version of profiling, but if we do not do this, we are going to lose an airliner. It also has the effect of reducing the level of scrutiny that other passengers go through. Sadly, given the climate of appeasement and political correctness that permeates the holders of power in this country, that is unlikely to happen. And I think that is the problem.

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44 Comments:

Blogger Shrini said...

Inspite of the Blatant anti-andry-engineer ism that you show, remember that Maj Nidal Hasan Malik was a doctor not an engineer. Headley-Rana had a Halal shop. Firstly the TSA has no way to know you are an engineer. At the point of Boarding the security check is done by local Airport authorities. Someone who is an engineer and wannabe 72 virgin-eer might lie about his profession as a Miss Afghanistan's personal Hairdresser.

The best way is to offer them an outrageous test that asks them their views on and simply glorifies Mohammed Cartoons, Israel and Hindu Kashmir. If their answers are apologetic to the religion of peace - strip search on! Also I sense a new business in Halal Body scanners. there is a forum thread going on on that. Body scanner images are halal as long as Muslim women dont show their hair on the scanner. Its simple to pass image through a high pass filter that smoothe out the hairy parts :D

12:15 AM  
Blogger Siddharth said...

I guess you mean Low Pass filters, Shrini.

Why not provide something like a hospital robe to everyone who travels? Traveling in the nude would also be a fun option, but robes could be provided at a cost to those who want to cover themselves up.

2:19 PM  
Blogger Shrini said...

@Dani yup Low pass it is, My bad.
Back to the point, There are a gazzilion ways some terrorist could get plastic explosives into the plan concealed in some inconspicuous luggage item. I have seen the Youtube video of 50 gm PETN blowing up a tree. It would be interesting to see how much actual body damage to the fuselage would have been done had Abdulmuttalab succeeded.

6:12 PM  
Blogger Revathi said...

People should be asked to come like superman-their underwear on top of their dresses instead of under.

7:22 AM  
Blogger John Byrnes said...

We don’t need profiling to identify Individuals like the Christmas-Day Bomber!

Virtually all media outlets are discussing whether we should be profiling all Arab Muslims; I will in the one-page explain why we don’t need profiling. Over 15 years ago, we at the Center for Aggression Management developed an easily-applied, measurable and culturally-neutral body language and behavior indicators exhibited by people who intend to perpetrate a terrorist act. This unique methodology utilizes proven research from the fields of psychology, medicine and law enforcement which, when joined together, identify clear, easily-used physiologically-based characteristics of individuals who are about to engage in terrorist activities in time to prevent their Moment of Commitment.

The Problem
Since the foiled terrorist attack by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian national on Northwest Flight 253 to Detroit, the President has repeatedly stated that there has been a systemic failure as he reiterates his commitment to fill this gap in our security. This incident, like the Fort Hood shooting, exemplifies why our government must apply every valid preventative approach to identify a potential terrorist.

The myriad methods to identify a terrorist, whether “no-fly list,” “explosive and weapons detection,” mental illness based approaches, “profiling” or “deception detection” - all continue to fail us. Furthermore, the development of deception detection training at Boston Logan Airport demonstrated that the Israeli methods of interrogation will not work in the United States.

All media outlets are discussing the need for profiling of Muslim Arabs, but profiling does not work for the following three reasons:

1. In practice, ethnic profiling tells us that within a certain group of people there is a higher probability for a terrorist; it does not tell us who the next terrorist is!

2. Ethnic profiling is contrary to the value our society places on diversity and freedom from discrimination based on racial, ethnic, religious, age and/or gender based criteria. If we use profiling it will diminish our position among the majority of affected citizens who support us as a beacon of freedom and liberty.

3. By narrowing our field of vision, profiling can lead to the consequence of letting terrorists go undetected, because the terrorist may not be part of any known “profile worthy” group – e.g., the Oklahoma City bomber, Timothy McVeigh

The Solution
Our unique methodology for screening passengers can easily discern (independently of race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, age, and gender) the defining characteristics of human beings who are about to engage in terrorist acts.

The question is when will our government use true “hostile intent” through the “continuum of aggressive behavior” to identify potential terrorists? Only when observers focus specifically on “aggressive behavior” do the objective and culturally neutral signs of “aggression” clearly stand out, providing the opportunity to prevent these violent encounters. This method will not only make all citizens safer, but will also pass the inevitable test of legal defensibility given probable action by the ACLU.

As our Government analyzes what went wrong regarding Abdulmatallab’s entrance into the United States, you can be assured that Al Qaeda is also analyzing how their plans went wrong. Who do you think will figure it out first . . . ?

Visit our blog at http://blog.AggressionManagement.com where we discuss the shooting at Fort Hood and the attempted terrorist act on Flight 253.

11:11 AM  
Blogger Kunal said...

I think we can all agree that Revathi wins this thread.

11:13 AM  
Blogger Renuka said...

I cannot understand these so called measures of improving airport security. It is pretty evident since 9/11 that security has been good enough to at least ensure that terrorists have not actually succeeded in bombing American airliners for the most part.
The bigger problem is that terrorists are finding newer ways for their purpose. The Mumbai attacks for example. How do you solve that?

2:36 PM  
Blogger Kunal said...

The Mumbai attacks for example. How do you solve that?

Personally, I would want sharks with frikkin' lasers beams attached to their frikkin' heads patrolling Mumbai Harbour, but the weak Manmohan Singh government is unlikely to acquiesce to that. That being said, I am partial to Bruce Schneier's advice of more investment in intelligence coupled with better information management.

3:16 PM  
Blogger Abhishek said...

Sorry if I'm repeating something that has already been said, but Kunal's suggestion of special profiling is already in place. Males between the ages of IIRC 20 and 40 need to fill a special form to get their visas. I had to when I applied.

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