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January 8, 2010
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Robert   January 8th, 2010 6:46 pm ET

Not only does the government want to see your naked body in full, living color, they also want to read your mind. “A would-be terrorist tries to board a plane, bent on mass murder. As he walks through a security checkpoint, fidgeting and glancing around, a network of high-tech machines analyzes his body language and reads his mind,” reports the Associated Press.

An Israeli company is developing a system that matches high technology up with and behavioral psychology. It’s called WeCU, short for “We See You” (the same way Big Brother sees you). It projects images on a wall and monitors reactions of people. “If you strolled through an airport and saw a picture of your mother, Givon explained, you couldn’t help but respond.” Or if you were a terrorist, the logic goes, you’d respond to a terror group logo or other familiar imagery. The reaction to these images could be a darting of the eyes, an increased heartbeat, a nervous twitch or faster breathing, said company CEO Ehud Givon.

If the system observes suspicious behavior, a person is detained and interrogated. “One by one, you can screen out from the flow of people those with specific malicious intent,” Givon said.

Okay, now the problems begin to arise. We are told the underwear bomber and the shoe bomber and a number of other would-be bombers (all of them in fact false flag patsies) are from al-Qaeda, an organization without formal structure and no branding or logo (unlike Hezbollah or Hamas). The only readily identifiable image associated with al-Qaeda is the face of the late Osama bin Laden.

If a large photo of Osama was plastered on the wall at the airport, what would your reaction be? You’d certainly dart your eyes. You may even stand there with your mouth open. You’d likely get special treatment by TSA goons.

How about a lie detector test? The Ministry of Homeland Security has actually proposed this. “One system being studied by Homeland Security is called the Future Attribute Screening Technology, or FAST, and works like a souped-up polygraph,” reports the Associated Press. “It would subject people pulled aside for additional screening to a battery of tests, including scans of facial movements and pupil dilation, for signs of deception. Small platforms similar to the balancing boards used in the Nintendo Wii would help detect fidgeting.”

FAST project manager Robert Burns said the system could be made to work passively, scanning people as they walk through a security line.

How many false positives such a harebrained idea would produce is not addressed.

U.S. officials are considering the Israeli model for airport security. Israel practices profiling. “At Ben-Gurion Airport, Jewish Israelis typically pass through smoothly, while others may be taken aside for closer interrogation or even strip searches.” In other words, if you are an Arab or a Palestinian, you will be strip searched and be subjected to body cavity searches.

Imagine the predictable result of this: thousands of people who look like Arabs pulled aside with the ultimate result of producing chaos in airport operation. Don’t count on the dim bulbs hired by the TSA to be capable of telling the difference between Arabs and Mexicans.

This idea, however, thrills the neocons. Blogger and concentration camp apologist Michelle Malkin went on Fox News the other day and said Arabs should be profiled and get the same sort of treatment Arabs endure in Israel.

Finally, the Cato Institute believes airport security should be privatized. Jim Harper, director of information policy at Cato, “concedes that privatizing airport security is probably wishful thinking, and the idea has not gotten any traction.”

Of course it has not gained any traction. Because the idea is not to catch supposed terrorists (who are demonstrably false flag patsies) but is rather part of a government effort to condition the public that it is normal (even patriotic) to submit to unreasonable, dangerous, and invasive “security” measures. Airports are incubators for tyranny and the emerging police state. It has nothing to do with your safety and security. It’s all about conditioning you to submit to government.

Filipe   January 9th, 2010 7:44 pm ET


Anything to offer on the subject of the blog???

No ???

Why don't you post your ridiculous cut n paste dithering on a blog about the US ??

But feel free to walk to your desired destination if feel uncomfortable with the security measures in place on public transportation systems.

miriam   January 9th, 2010 9:13 pm ET


Why do we need airport security?
What is the profile of the vast majority of airline hijackers and bombers and potential bombers?
There's no need to expend 100% effort on100% of passengers. 90% effort on 10% is sufficient.
Perhaps the US airport security officers can give up passing explosive detecting swabs over Israeli toddlers just because they hold tickets issued in the ME, and concentrate on those who actually fit the profile of a bomber.

Good luck with the Iraqi archives.

John A   January 10th, 2010 11:32 am ET

The only good and honest political candidate for the US elections in 2012 is Ron Paul.

As he would say, "terrorism is a strategy and a nation can't declare war on a strategy, a nation can only declare war against another nation".

Here Ron Paul explains two things. First terrorist activities are kept in check by the police and by diplomacy. Sending troops to other countries, nation building and regime change will not combat terrorists. In fact the opposite effect is achieved, as invasion creates resentment which fosters resistance and more terrorism.

Wherever a criminal may be, the police should act and a court should establish if there is guilt. When the US government sends in the army and hands out death sentences via bombing raids without a trail, then the US becomes the criminal.

Something to think about: We all know that US intelligence was sure weapons of mass destruction were in Iraq. We all know the Americans were wrong. So the next time you hear the Americans bombed Pakistan where terrorists were supposed to be hiding, lets remember American intelligence is often wrong and this is causing the deaths of innocent people. These things happen when a nation thinks its emergencies and its intelligence agents are more valuable than the due process of law.

In summary as America gives up on the due process of law, America becomes what it tries to fight. i.e. A criminal.

p.s. Filipe you argue that all who disagree with the way the US handles airport security shouldn't have the right to use transport. To me it sounds like you support the government with all the enthusiasm of the hitler youth. Personally I think democracy and justice are only possible in a countries which permit decent and allow the government to be questioned. If you think governments are beyond corruption and should not be questioned then Filpe you should move to North Korea and see what your philosophies will give you. Or you can reside in America and let it decline into a North Korea type state. Filipe your stupidity is a terrorists best friend. People like you will destroy free nations with ignorance and your ignorance is the biggest WMD.

earle,florida   January 10th, 2010 8:16 pm ET

Archives: the learned diaphanous looking glass of future's past; scripted
autonomously veracity enlightening ,

and thusly enhancing present day minds at the inevitable crossroads regarding life's duality predicated upon empirical knowledge,... Tis all of history's good,and bad, stories be told! I vote a resounding,"Yes" to Iraqi archive independence !

Carlos   January 11th, 2010 3:23 pm ET

John A,

If you can´t play by the rules you should not be allowed to play the game. Your whining and crying about security measures is quite childish and ignorant.

How does this violate your personal freedoms and liberties???

So, if you can't or won't abide by the required security measures- feel free to find alternative travel aqrrangements by which you feel comfortable and can live with. It's quite simple.

This way your freedom and liberties are in tact!

But your basic concept that using public transportation is a "right", you are very wrong. It is a privledge ! It is no different than you being issued a drivers license. It's a privledge-not a right-- you are required to pass an exam and abide by the rules of law!!

What is so difficult to understand??

Did Filipe say that governments should not be questioned??? I didn't see that statement anywhere!

But, as your good friend Ron Paul stated-"First terrorist activities are kept in check by the police" i.e.- security measures !!!

Filipe   January 11th, 2010 9:13 pm ET

John A,

Where in the world did you ever come to understand that it is a personal right to disregard safety measures, rules and regulations in a public enviornment??

Get a grip-– your personal rights and liberties stop when and where they infringe upon the safety, well-being and the rights of others.

If the organizations in charge of guaranteeing the safety of the general public decide to impose certain rules and procedures in order to participate in public events and transportation--

You have every right not to comply if you disagree!!! There's your rights !!!!!

But I'll have you know, I don't live in the US and I take public transportation daily. No one here in the EU whines and cries about the safety precautions and security measures imposed on them.

This seems to limited to US liberalist deficient mentalities such as yours.

John A   January 12th, 2010 10:15 am ET

Filipe Carlos writes;
But your basic concept that using public transportation is a "right", you are very wrong. It is a privledge !


As usual the problem with Filipe (Carlos) thinking stems from basic illiteracy.

Public transport is by definition for the public. That means everyone without exception.

If public transport is a privilege then it becomes transport for an elite group. Again Filipe sounds like he would be happier in North Korea.

To aid Filipes understanding please note , the public pay for public transport systems through taxes. Therefore the public decide how such transport is administered. In a true democracy Governments cant give you privileges as Governments don't own land, wealth or people. Governments can only redistribute the peoples assists. Socialist and communist ideas such as Filipes are anti freedom. Its people like Filipe with their "big government" socialistic beliefs who are bankrupting the west with costly and dysfunctional ideas.

Filipe   January 13th, 2010 1:21 pm ET

John A,

What a poor misguided soul !!!

If what you say is accurate then how do you explain :

1) Use of public highways??? It is required you a) Have a valid drivers license. b) Have an auto that passes required safety inspections c) A vehicle that is registered and licensed. d) follow the traffic laws.

Doesn't appear to me that the public roads in the US are open to everyone without exception !!!

Go figure !!!!

2) How does following safety rules and regulations limit the use of public transportation to only an "elite group" ??

Again, doesn't appear to me that public transportation is for everyone without exception!!

But, you are right there John boy--"he public pay for public transport systems through taxes. Therefore the public decide how such transport is administered." !!!!

They do so through the elected officials and the public (goverment) agencies they create to administer the operations.

So, again-if you can't follow the rules-- you can't play the game ! Feel free to walk to your desired destination !!!

No one here in the EU is whining and crying about safety and security regulations and systems. We understand the purpose and the necessity of them. I know of no one here that feels their rights and privledges are being denied.

I just think you've got personal desire to complain and whine and cry on a daily basis. That's the only thing you do in any of posts.

If you feel you don't live in a free enough society, you are free to move to somewhere more accommodating to your personal liberties and freedoms.

Carlos   January 14th, 2010 10:08 am ET

John A,

Are you still reading through the Bill Of Rights, trying to find the passage that gives you the right to public transportation ?

Does it explain how you don't need to follow any rules ?

Carlos   January 14th, 2010 10:34 am ET

John A,

For an American, you certainly are ignorant of the basic situations within your own country !!!

You say "In a true democracy Governments cant give you privileges as Governments don't own land, wealth or people."

It is my understanding that there is a tremenous amount of Land owned by the Federal Government. It is also true that there is significant land ownership by State and Local governments.

So I'm really beiginning to understand your distorted view of what personal rights and liberties are.

You, apparently think you live in a land void of rules, regulations or laws.

But I'm sure this is nothing more than another huge misconception on your part-- unless of course- you happen to kive in Somalia !!

Robert   January 16th, 2010 11:25 am ET

What are Filipe / Carlos babbling on about? Obviously public transport is a right for everyone and obviously the government doesn't need to scan our naked bodies to protect our rights. Carlos/ Filipe only you could wright such dribble, which again suggests that Carlos / Filipe are the same people. So if you want the opinion of a schizophrenic then you must read Filip/Carlos's opinions. Otherwise if you just want to laugh at how confused some people are, then read Carlos/Filips opinions.

John A   January 16th, 2010 11:23 pm ET

Filipe Carlos actually you dont need a drivers license to use public transport, you dont need a car to use public transport and you are not responsible for traffic laws as a passenger on public transport i.e. a five year old can use public transport. As I said before Filipe Carlos, you understand the world through illiteracy, but I bet you thought your answer was good. hahahaha

Filipe   January 17th, 2010 3:16 pm ET

John A and your brother Robert

You are such fools !!!!

Anyone using public transportation must follow the rules established by the institution- if that means metal detectors, luggage search, body scans or whatever they determine.

If you clowns have a problem with that-- feel free to walk- !!

But neither of you two morons have managed to explain why, where or how you came to the conclusion that public transportation is right and not a privilege ??

Carlos   January 18th, 2010 11:47 am ET


If –"public transport is a right for everyone"-- why are there so many places in the US which have no piblic transportation services???


I guess it only applies to the privleged few who live in metro areas where the services are available!!!

Wow what a discriminatory society you live in !

John A   January 28th, 2010 3:09 pm ET

So you think the definition of public transport is that there must be a bus stop on every street in America? Where do you dream up such silly definitions. As mentioned many times before, your contribution to the middle east crises is illiteracy. At this stage in your life I doubt anyone can really help you with this problem.

In summary your definition of public transport is: a bus stop on every street, with users who are aware and comply with all traffic rules.

Exactly how old do you need to be before one can use Filipes public transport? Over 18 years old with a driving license.

Filipe you have lost the plot again.

Filipe   January 31st, 2010 8:58 pm ET

John A,

You still fail to establish any logical basis, justification or evidence that "public transport is a right for everyone".

It's not a right-– it's a privilege. And, like it or not, in order to use any public transportation system-it is a prerequisite to follow all the rules.

So, like I said-– if you have a problem with that--feel free to walk !!!

Alex   February 11th, 2010 3:36 pm ET

Felipe you say: "your personal rights and liberties stop when and where they infringe upon the safety, well-being and the rights of others." That determination is unfortunately made by indoctrinated bureaucrats. See the case of Nicholas George yesterday.” He is a senior at Pomona College in California, filed suit in federal court Wednesday against the Transportation Security Administration, the Philadelphia Police Department and the FBI. He says he was handcuffed and "abusively interrogated" by authorities at Philadelphia International Airport”. He is fortunate to be able to still file a suit but this may change soon. I lived behind the Iron Curtain and can say from experience that the mind set of you and Carlos are identical to the people who interpreted what your rights and freedoms are. I can also tell you that the vast majority of EU citizens value their rights and freedoms contrary to your claims. Your ilk, however, would be very comfortable in the brown/black shirted thugs of recent times in Europe. It also seems that you two are extremely offended, every time someone clarifies the wrong doings of the Israelis? Is it that the truth hurts? John your perception and analysis is factual and precise.

miriam   February 14th, 2010 8:08 am ET


Please take your concerns for personal rights and liberties to the Arab/Muslim world, the world that Israel is trying to defend herself against and the world which desires to create a world caliphate where everyone will be subjected to suppression of rights and liberties.
You cannot be a supporter of rights and liberties and at the same time support the destruction of Israel and deny the Jewish people's right to self-determination.

Yusil   February 14th, 2010 6:30 pm ET


I believe you got history wrong. The world believes that it is the Arabs who are defending themselves against an out of control roque nation. You apparently have a Real Estate deal with God that allows you to steal land from the Arabs in the ME and lets Israel attack and threaten militarily at will.

miriam   February 15th, 2010 2:03 pm ET


The world does not believe everything you believe. Perhaps you haven't ventured outside the small circle of like-minded bigots who dismiss any truth about Israel and create, or are indoctrinated by, the myths that you keep presenting.

The truth is that Jews had a homeland in the Holy Land long before any Arab migrated from Arabia. Despite that, Jews bought land from Arab landowners and all land acqusition today is based on the Ottoman land laws which were passed on to the British and inherited by Israel.

Israel has been repeatedly brought into war as a result of Arab attack and threats and never "at will".

Yusil   February 15th, 2010 8:16 pm ET


I attached a little snipped of news from the ME. It was published recently in The Nation. Iam sure that you are the Bigot just as there were bigots in South Africa and only recetly in the US who denigrated their Black populations. They justified their behaviour on LAWS which they made and interpreted at their leisure. Sounds very familiar!

"Internationals, many organized by the International Solidarity Movement, have spent time in the villages, eaten and slept in local homes and participated in the weekly demonstrations. They have been tear gassed, wounded and killed, most famously Rachel Corrie, who was crushed to death by a Caterpillar bulldozer in March 2003 while trying to prevent it from demolishing a Palestinian home in the Gaza Strip city of Rafah.

Palestinians, Israelis and foreigners jointly confronting the Israeli army; locally organized and led protests, substantially nonviolent and uniting adherents of all the Palestinian factions; peacefully demonstrating Palestinians, Israelis and foreigners tear gassed, severely wounded and killed by the Israeli army; women wearing headscarves playing an active and independent political role: these are not the common images of Israeli occupation and Palestinian resistance in North American journalistic, diplomatic and scholarly discourse. But they are central components of an ongoing movement deeply rooted in the social fabric of the West Bank."

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