I was in the Jackson airport in Wyoming on Sunday morning on my way back home (I’ll be posting a page about that trip soon). A kid – about 15 years old – pale skin, with long blond hair, blue eyes, jeans, and a t-shirt sporting the emblem of some band or musician I didn’t care much about and traveling with his parents, was randomly selected for a more intensive screening due to the policies set in place by our former Secretary of Transportation, Norman Mineta. I didn’t think much of it at the time.

Several days later a major plot to bring down a half dozen planes over the Atlantic was foiled by British officials working with American and Pakistani officials. Again, I’m so thankful for the “random” screening put in place to stop Irish teenagers and elderly “blue haired” ladies from potentially carrying out such acts, now that the names and background of some of the individuals involved in the plot have been revealed. As an example:

– Ahmed Abdula Ali
– Usman Muhammed Saddique
– Mohammed Shamin Uddin
– Arafat Waheed Khan
– Murphy Jones O’Reilly

Oh wait! One of the above wasn’t on the list. Can you guess which one?

So can I. And so can anyone with cranial capacity of a chipmunk – which Norman Mineta apparently doesn’t posses.

I’m not necessarily saying that random checks are useless but lets face it, we’re at war with an enemy that hates us, wants to kill us all, and fits an identifiable ethnic profile. It’s irrational to pretend otherwise. Get over it and get the job done.