The Ft. Lauderdale Airport Shooter And How TSA Dumbthink Makes Us Less Safe
We reinforced the cockpit doors after 9/11, which means the TSA's hunt for guns and knives is a silly show of "security" to those in the public too stupid to put together the reinforced cockpit doors = guns and knives useless thought.
Scanner-defeating civil libertarian, Jonathan Corbett, understands. In the wake of yesterday's Ft. Lauderdale airport shooting, he writes:
Pre-checkpoint airport attacks are in vogue, and the TSA makes it worse. Over the last decade, there have been several incidents of violence committed by individuals in airports prior to security screening. Domodedovo airport bombing (2011), LAX airport shooting (2013), Ataturk airport bombing/shooting (2016), etc. etc. etc.
The TSA, by creating lengthy checkpoint lines that over the last year have often exceeded 1 hour, has created a target that, again, criminals know is unarmed and unable to fight back. What is the point of putting your blue-gloved hands all over our bodies to ensure that we don't hurt people on an airplane when any terrorist could just blow/shoot up the checkpoint instead?
...Airport screening should be quick and expedient, looking for the most dangerous items and ignoring your Swiss Army knife, bottle of water, and 10 oz. shampoo bottle, such that there is never a line of more than a few people. This can be accomplished by adjusting policies, throwing out the scanners (or selling them to fascist regimes where they belong), and putting bomb-sniffing dogs at the checkpoints.
Also, the Florida airport is a "gun-free zone."
That works really well -- to keep all the law-abiding, mentally together people from bringing their firearms into the airport.
Everybody else? Not so much.
But, wait -- turns out the terrorist carried his gun in his checked bag!
Authorities said a lone shooter who had carried a gun in his checked bag got off a plane at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Friday afternoon and shot 13 people, killing five of them, at a baggage claim area. Hundreds of travelers fled onto the tarmac amid scenes of chaos and gridlock around the airport. Officials said the shooter was in custody and unharmed.
Clearly, searching Amy Alkon's underpants for explosives is just the ticket -- if you want to provide the pretense of security.
Probable cause-based security? Well, what a silly idea.
Consider that the guy went to the FBI office and explained his mental state. Via the LA Times' David Fleshler, Susannah Bryan, Paula McMahon and Linda Trischitta:
Esteban Santiago, 26, came to the FBI's Anchorage, Alaska, office and was "acting crazy," telling agents he was being subjected to mind control. He was committed to a psychiatric hospital as a danger to himself or others, the sources said.
CBS goes further:
CBS News reported on Twitter that the shooter, Esteban Santiago, walked into an FBI office in Alaska several months ago and claimed he was being forced to fight for ISIS.
If we actually had real security -- security that was meaningful in any way -- the guy wouldn't be running around with a gun...checking his gun in at the airport, no less.
So, we have this expensive, huge bureaucracy, and people being put on the no-fly list because they have the same name as some terrorist, but nobody thinks to put any little notiepoo in the TSA files about a guy who's reportedly hearing voices from ISIS?
Think about that, the next time some repurposed mall food court worker is (screw probable cause!) batting at your balls or sticking her hand up your hoohoo.