Satire on Terrorism and the TSA Since Essay

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Satire on Terrorism and the TSA

Since the tragic event of September 11, 2011s, security has been a top priority in the United States and towards this end; all manners of measures have been taken to ensure the security of airlines passengers. Certainly, the fact that box cutters caused such a tragic event to have occurred must necessary validate the measures taken by TSA, security for the nation's airlines. There are those who complain about the violations of privacy perpetrated on today's airlines passengers. For example, in a recent article published in Natural News it is reported that the Electronic Privacy Foundation Center (EPIC) has filed a lawsuit against the TSA "over its use of naked body scanners." (Adams, 2010) The lawsuit was filed in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and asks the court to stop the U.S. government's use of naked body scanners. This lawsuit was filed under the Administrative Procedure Act, the Privacy Act, the Video Voyeurism Prevention Act, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and the Fourth Amendment. (Adams, 2010, paraphrased) While there might be some validity to the need to file such lawsuits at the same time, it is necessary to consider the 'underwear bomber'. The underwear bomber whose name is Umar Farouk Abdulmatallab, a Nigerian Islamist, was caught attempting to board Northwest Airlines Flight 253 with plastic explosives hidden in his underwear and claimed that Al-Qaeda had supplied him with the bomb and trained him. Therefore, this individual highly trained in underwear bombing attempted to commit mass murder of U.S. citizens aboard an airliner and it would appear that TSA has some grounds to check the underwear of everyone boarding airliners and therefore are using naked body scanners to ensure that no individual boards a plane with explosives in their briefs. While TSA's method does seem to ensure that no one uses their underwear to commit terrorism there is a better way to ensure that this does not happen and quite simply, TSA should simply ban all passengers on airline flights from wearing underwear. Yes, precisely, no underwear allowed on airlines! This is a rational solution to combating terrorism on today's airlines flights. Why, with no underwear…

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Adams, Mike (2010) TSA Sued Over Naked Body Scanner Privacy Violation. Natural News. Conspiracy Planet. 12 Nov 2010. Retrieved from: http://www.conspiracyplanet.com/channel.cfm?channelid=2&contentid=7482

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