Holiday chaos looms in air terror alert: Hunt for ‘invisible bomb’ maker who has already turned his own brother into a suicide bomber

Daily Mail

This is the ‘invisible bomb’ maker described by US officials as ‘an evil genius’ who could be a key player in looming air terror threats to the UK and America.

Chemistry student Ibrahim Al-Asiri, from Saudi Arabia, allegedly created devices that can be sewn inside the human body – and are virtually undetectable at airport security.

It’s these ‘stealth’ bombs which have sparked a worldwide airport security alert

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Loaded Gun Slips Past TSA Screeners

ABC

Last fall, as he had done hundreds of times, Iranian-American businessman Farid Seif passed through security at a Houston airport and boarded an international flight.

He didn’t realize he had forgotten to remove the loaded snub nose “baby” Glock pistol from his computer bag. But TSA officers never noticed as his bag glided along the belt and was x-rayed. When he got to his hotel after the three-hour flight, he was shocked to discover the gun traveled unnoticed from Houston.

“It’s just impossible to miss it, you know. I mean, this is not a small gun,” Seif told ABC News. “How can you miss it? You cannot miss it.”

But the TSA did miss it, and despite what most people believe about the painstaking effort to screen airline passengers and their luggage before they enter the terminal, it was not that unusual.

Experts tell ABC News that every year since the September 11 terror attacks, federal agencies have conducted random, covert “red team tests,” where undercover agents try to see just how much they can get past security checks at major U.S. airports. And while the Department of Homeland Security closely guards the results as classified, those that have leaked in media reports have been shocking.

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NJ Legislation Bans TSA Scanners and Criminalizes Unreasonable Searches and Invasive Pat Downs

New Jersey Senator Michael Doherty (R-Warren, Hunterdon) announced today that he has introduced three pieces of legislation drafted to eliminate any immunity TSA agents might enjoy when violating New Jersey law during unnecessary and invasive airport screenings:

“For more than a month now, the TSA has quite literally stuck their finger in the eye of law-abiding American citizens while trampling on their constitutionally guaranteed liberties,” Doherty stated. “We call upon every state legislature in our great country to immediately act to put our federal government on notice that the dignity of our citizens shall not be the cost of a failed federal open border policy.”

The following bills were introduced:

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Profiling Works

According to Wikipedia

The Fourth Amendment (Amendment IV) to the United States Constitution is the part of the Bill of Rights which guards against unreasonable searches and seizures. The amendment specifically also requires search and arrest warrants be judicially sanctioned and supported by probable cause. It was adopted as a response to the abuse of the writ of assistance, which is a type of general search warrant, in the American Revolution. Search and arrest should be limited in scope according to specific information supplied to the issuing court, usually by a law enforcement officer, who has sworn by it.

In Mapp v. Ohio, 367 U.S. 643 (1961), the Supreme Court ruled that the Fourth Amendment applies to the states by way of the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The Supreme Court has also ruled that certain searches and seizures violated the Fourth Amendment even when a warrant was properly granted.

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So now the government is saying they can search you without a warrant and some of you think that’s okay. Where is this going to end? Little by little our freedoms are being taken away and the terrorist are telling the government what to do. I know, you think I’ve lost it, but wait a minute. Wasn’t there a mad shoe bomber? Shortly after, we had to remove our shoes before getting on a plane. Then last year we had the underwear bomber, we now have x-ray scanners and body searches. Where is it going to end, or is it? Freedom of speech is being taken away because some member of Congress or Obama doesn’t like Fox News? Your guns are being taken away because the government is afraid you might fight back when you realize they have gone to far?

Remember the 9/11 hijackers? Can you pick out the 85-year-old grandmother, or the 3-year-old little boy, or the Nun? No you can’t. Everyone of them were Muslim men between the ages of 25-40. That is where our focus should be. If you are Muslim, if your name is Mohammed, or you just came from the Middle East, you’re going to be checked and searched. Is this profiling? Damn right it is and you know why people are afraid of it? Because it Works.

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$11,000 fine, arrest possible for some who refuse airport scans and pat downs

Sun Sentinel.com

If you don’t want to pass through an airport scanner that allows security agents to see an image of your naked body or to undergo the alternative, a thorough manual search, you may have to find another way to travel this holiday season.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is warning that any would-be commercial airline passenger who enters an airport checkpoint and then refuses to undergo the method of inspection designated by TSA will not be allowed to fly and also will not be permitted to simply leave the airport.

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Muslim Scholars Say Airport Body Scanners Violate Teachings of Islam

Family Security Matters

Pam Meister

A group of Muslim scholars says it supports airline

safety, but it is “deeply concerned” about the use of airport scanners that show nude images of the human body.

“The Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) emphasizes that a general and public use of such scanners is against the teachings of Islam, natural law and all religions and cultures that stand for decency and modesty,” the group said in a Feb. 10 statement posted at Islam Online.
“It is a violation of clear Islamic teachings that men or women be seen naked by other men and women,” FCNA explained. The group noted that Islam emphasizes modesty, considering it part of the faith. “The Qur’an has commanded the believers, both men and women, to cover their private parts” and to be modest in their dress.
While exceptions can be made in cases of “extreme necessity,” FCNA indicated that passenger body scans do not rise to that level.
Airport scanners that show nude images go against my sense of dignity. Does that count for something? They also go against my sense of … well, sense. And I’m not alone. Americans support “subjecting airline passengers to more intensive security checks if they fit a profile of terrorists based on age, ethnicity and gender” by a margin of 3 to 1. What point is there in subjecting Granny from Miami to the indignity of a having what’s under her bloomers exposed to the world when it’s more likely going to be Abdullah from Yemen with the explosives in his nether regions?
Plus, as Steve Chapman points out at Reason.com:
The more intractable problem is that terrorists are fiendishly capable of adaptation. If the scanners can find plastic explosives hidden in underwear – which is not guaranteed – the evildoers have another option that would foil these gadgets: hiding the bomb in a body cavity.
Exactly. Jihadists are constantly trying to improve upon their craft. If at first you don’t succeed, etc.
But if we cannot “discriminate” by “profiling” at the airport due to the ridiculous strictures of PC, then the indignity must be suffered by all. And, if the U.S. goes the same route as the UK, if you are chosen for a scan and refuse, you can’t board your flight.
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FCNA is asking for changes in scanner software so the machines will produce only body outlines. In the meantime, the group says Muslim travelers should choose pat-down searches over scanner images – in cases where searches are necessary.
In other words, Muslims are asking for more special privileges in the name of religion. Footbaths at the airport were not enough, it seems. Now, they expect to be exempted from a security measure that was implemented because we aren’t allowed to profile …well, Muslims.
Are there any other religions that are asking for exemptions from this security policy because being seen nude goes against their teachings? If so, I haven’t heard about it. Anyone? Bueller?
An interesting note about the Fiqh Council of North America from Jihad Watch:
The Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) is affiliated with ISNA, which is a Muslim Brotherhood group. The Brotherhood is dedicated in its own words to “eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within.”
The Investigative Project also notes that a number of FCNA members have terrorism and extremism ties.
Will this become yet another “civil rights” issue for Muslims? As far as I can tell, air travel itself is not a right for anyone, unless that’s somehow been added to the Constitution while I wasn’t looking. And until our government gets a modicum of a clue when it comes to jihad and how to effectively combat it, then anyone choosing to travel by plane must be willing to sacrifice dignity for whatever safety it affords.

No one in charge of airport security

By Aaron Klein
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

Many American airline passengers may be surprised to learn the Transportation Security Administration, the agency responsible with securing all modes of transportation in the country, currently has no leader.

Republican lawmakers have placed a “hold” on President Obama’s pick to head the TSA over concerns he could undermine safety by unionizing airport security. The nominee is Erroll Southers, assistant chief in charge of security and intelligence at the Los Angeles airport’s police department.

“It’s very simple. Giving union bosses control over security at our nation’s airports is dangerous and will harm our ability to respond to serious threats,” said Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C.

“If President Obama’s nominee will not commit to putting homeland security above the whims of union bosses, it should give everyone serious concern,” DeMint said last month when the conflict developed.

The Washington Times reported last month DeMint blocked a vote to confirm Southers due to the nominee’s ducking of questions about whether he would consider reversing current policy that barred the unionizing of airport security screeners.

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Such a move would impose rules on union workers that could impede national security efforts in combating terrorist threats, critics charge.

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Southers had avoided giving a “yes” or “no” answer in Senate hearings over whether he would unionize airport security workers.

Just today, the TSA imposed new rules on airlines that prohibit passengers on some flights from leaving their seats beginning an hour before landing. Also prohibited are objects on the laps of passengers during a flight’s final hour.

Those rules are already being criticized today by blogs and newspapers.

“TSA has a long history with the flying public of little communication, scant explanation and seemingly mind-boggling rules. The same mistakes are repeating. The flying public deserves clear, logical rules about air travel and enough information to understand why steps are being taken,” complained the Wall Street Journal.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, however, defended the new measures as “designed to be unpredictable, so passengers should not expect to see the same thing everywhere.”

The measures follow the attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight over the weekend and come as al-Qaida’s leader in Yemen issued a terrorist threat against the U.S.

In a tape released four days before the attempted destruction of the Detroit-bound Northwest plane, the leader of al-Qaida in Yemen, referring to his plans for attacks against America, declared, “We are carrying a bomb to hit the enemies of God.”