Wednesday, December 1, 2010

American Travel – Liberty or Security


John R. Houk
© December 1, 2010

Since September 11, 2001 there has been a question that stretches across the political spectrum of Right, Left and political stands in between. What is more valuable to America: Civil Liberty or Civil Security?

Ever since Islamic terrorists successfully eradicated the World Trade Center/Twin Towers I have leaned more toward Security than to Liberty. My reasoning is without security there can be no Liberty. Lack of security causes chaos. Where chaos reigns, governments fold and invaders see the bull’s eye target and make ready their best shot.

There is a Founding Father quote that makes a good position for Civil Liberty:

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” (Benjamin Franklin February 17, 1775 - Notes for a proposition at the Pennsylvania Assembly)

I still value Security in a time of war. In war certain Liberties must be pulled back a bit to give advantage to a nation’s survival. The problem in America today is that the current Obama Administration denies the existence of a Global War on Terrorism (GWOT). This denial has forced America into a position in which acts of war  perpetrated on America by transnational Islamic terrorists (increasingly homegrown Muslim-Americans and legal aliens influenced by transnational Islamic terrorist organizations) are relegated to criminals the full protection of the civil rule of law via the U.S. Constitution. American murderers influenced by foreign organizations should receive American civil rights only as American citizens. American citizens violently killing Americans in the name of Allah, an Islamic terrorist transnational organization or a foreign nation should be prosecuted for treason primarily. Foreign nationals caught in America or Islamic terrorists captured in acts of war need to go before a military tribunal to determine if there were any war crimes involved. If there are no war crimes then the captured combatants should serve as Prisoners of War (POW) until a resolution is accomplished with transnational organizations or foreign nations attacking the USA or American interests outside of America. If a combatant belonging to a transnational organization that refuses to negotiate a peace or is eradicated then the combatant remains a POW until the end.

We are nine and a half years into a war with transnational organizations (al Qaeda and the Taliban in particular) with perhaps secret support from Iran, Syria and perhaps the now internationally recognized Palestinian Authority.

I am beginning to be persuaded that a resumption of Civil Liberties over Homeland Security should be on the increase rather than the status quo or the increase. At the very least a paradigm change on how to prosecute Homeland Security should occur.

The paradigm in Security as far as travelling goes seems to be the use of very expensive technology that offers a security agent a full body naked profile. Failing the high-tech invasiveness a person must be subjected to a full body pat down that includes sensitive anatomy that religions and secularists find offensively intimate.

Increasingly the Israeli way of screening travel security is being called for implementation in America. The difficulty this has had for many on the Slanted Left is Israel success is closely tied to racial or religious profiling. There are not too many Jewish homicidal suicide bombers in Israel. Homicidal suicides in Israel are typically Arabs or Muslims or both.

So how would racial/religious profiling work in America? Well duh! Homeland Security would have to institute a psychological profile would send up red flags most notably toward Muslims (which can be multi-racial but would probably center on Arabs, Iranians, Pakistanis or Muslims of India). This would drive the politically correct particularly of the Left Wing persuasion nutty with indignation.

After the tighter controls are being used by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that definitely infringe on the Civil Liberties of Americans, the Israeli kind of psychological profiling will do more to enhance those Civil Liberties and still remain Security conscious.

Can America’s Left get on board of psychological (i.e. racial/religious) profiling as a balance between Civil Liberties and Civil Security? I have reservations that such perfect world acquiescence by the Left can exist. I say tough!

Here is the article from that inspired these thoughts on Liberty and Security.

JRH 12/1/10 (Hat Tip: Vicki)

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