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Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Full-body Scanners Cause Real Terrorists To Adjust Their Tactics

Posted by Info on 02/02/2010

John Byrnes said:
Profiling has failed us; we don’t need profiling to identify Individuals like the Christmas-Day Bomber or the Fort Hood Shooter! There is a better solution!
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.

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 . . . ?

Any comparison of security measures should take into account their impact on privacy and other human rights, as well as their counterproductive effects. Ethnic profiling results in the alienation of targeted communities. At the same time it defeats its own purpose by allowing the terrorists to react by choosing agents who will escape the profile.
Similarly, full-body scanners cause the real terrorists to adjust their tactics, as they are known not to detect substances hidden inside the body.

Much more should be done in the field of developing technologies for the direct detection of explosive materials themselves.

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