Soon, after 9.11 I read an essay which compared US to a dog and the terrorists to flees.
It’s not the flea bites that get the dog, it’s the scratching.

If we don’t do this or that, the terrorists win – so became the joke of the Bush administration since 9.11.

Let’s remember what terrorism is. per Merriam-Webster

–noun

1.

the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, esp. for political purposes.
2.

the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization.
3.

a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government.
The first meaning refers to the perpetrators of terrorists act. Notice how their purpose is not to kill or destroy so much as to intimidate or coerce.
As in get all Americans to take their shoes of after an inept attempt to conceal a bomb in a shoe.
And now, get porno scanners an groping of genitals after an inept attempt to hide a bomb in underwear.
Are their goals met? I would say they are.
If I were a terrorist leader, I’d direct a number of minions to hide bombs – working or not – in their cavities.
Then relax and watch the stupid dog chasing its tail.
We cannot control the terrorists actions (although I thought we were “fighting them over there so we didn’t have to fight them over here” ha-ha).
But we do have choice over the way we “scratch”.
Israel has been in the midst of such threats for decades now, and has been protecting its citizens very well.
Instead of using porno scanners and groping hands, they use the low tech weapon of intelligence.
Security people there don’t get in your underwear, they get into your head. All within a short, pleasant conversation.
Last year, on the airport in tel Aviv, I got confused about procedures and left my luggage unattended after they were scanned (luggage, not people are scanned there).
I was invited in an office and went there quite scared as I knew I did a no-no thing.
They re-scanned my luggage . I am sure their scanner was as detailed as ours as they started a conversation about some plastic containers I had in there – with salt from the Dead Sea. A courteous, pleasant conversation that reassured me and  informed them I was no threat. I left there feeling good that they were on the job.
So why can’t we, in this country probe with our minds rather than our hands?
One reason is, of course, corruption

Scanner makers boosted lobbying

a headline from Federal Times – DHS:

Rapiscan Systems, meanwhile, has spent $271,500 on lobbying so far this year, compared with $80,000 five years earlier. It has faced criticism for hiring Michael Chertoff, the former Homeland Security secretary, last year. Chertoff has been a prominent proponent of using scanners to foil terrorism. The government has spent $41.2 million with Rapiscan.

“The revolving door provides corporations like these with a shortcut to lawmakers” and other decision-makers, said Sheila Krumholz, of the Center for Responsive Politics.

I can’t believe their name is actually Rapiscan. What? Rape Scan was taken?..

But that is only part of the reason. That takes us to the second meaning of the word “terrorism”

2.

the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization.
We all remember the color code charts and the catch phrase I used in the headline: “if you don’t eat your French fries, the terrorists win.
Bush used it most ostensibly.
Obama too gave a speech on Nigerian packages the day before the election – to little effect.
We are now admonished by the TSA and Obama media to “grow up”

Don’t touch my junk? Grow up, America.

The media – which tells us how to vote is now telling us to  obey. Relax and enjoy.

Yup. We are all big babies for not wanting to be touched in private places by strangers.

We don’t obey well.

All together now: HOPE! CHANGE! (of underwear).

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