I have something to hide by refusing. Yep, thats it. Don’t you people get it? Law abiding citizens who think they have nothing to fear so they do not need rights will shortly have no real rights to worry about.
If you want 100% security then give them all up. Ok. You no longer have a right to challenge your detention, no longer have a right to challenge the evidence the government submits against you, you no longer have the right to a jury trial, if the government is right, then, why, its always right. The burden of proof is on YOU to prove you are NOT a terrorist. Thin you can? Ok, so thats the new rules - the government is always right. Why not? That is the logical conclusion of ‘why not show ID?’
The point of showing ID is what? Supposedly the government is checking names against a ‘database’ when you make a reservation. Teddy Kennedy is on that list. Not the Senator - the name.
How is security enhanced by ‘showing ID?’
All the person showing ID does is compare the name against the boarding pass name. Thats it. No list is checked. No comparison of names against wanted database. In fact, I have personally witnessed a person who used a fake drivers license with a picture of a person with a different SEX but the same name - get through TSA. So how hard would it be for terrorists using stolen identies to get on an airplane using a false name?
A bunch of teenagers at Berkeley showed that a guy called O. B. Ladin could travel.
Does THAT make you feel safe?
THEORETICALLY, Amin al Zawahiri makes a reservation on an airline in his name. The database spits out the name as being on the no-fly list. [Hopefully]. He goes to check in - and they tell him he can’t fly. THATS ALL. Has ANYONE ever seen ANYONE detained at a checkpoint who was not being a butthead? I have never seen a terrorist captured at a security checkpoint. Have you? So - how do we know this works?
How does name and ID matching keep weapons off airplanes?
I thought the SEARCH was supposed to do that? I could care less if Osama bin Ladin was sitting right next to me on an airliner. So long as he was confirmed that he had no weapons in his possession - then guess what - barring using his hands - he is perfectly safe. Just as safe as the nun they strip searched at security. It is the SEARCH that is meaningful, not the ‘papers please’ moment.
NONE of the Sept 11 ‘terrorists’ would have been denied boarding even under our CURRENT rules. So, whats the point?
ID checking is meaningless and contributes to security no one inch. It is theater - to make you FEEL safe.
Gosh, I’m glad I own my own airplane and can avoid this meaningless shuffle most of the time.
If we are going to have security, then lets have it. El Al style. Profiling. Racial, Ethnic, whatever. Keep the a$$holes off our planes and out of hte country. Seal the land borders - BOTH OF THEM. Detain ALL illegals in big camps until deportation. After all, it is for security right? ;Law abiding’ citizens have nothing to fear? Right?
You folks who are simple sheep doing as asked disgust me. Sorry, but you do, and you do not deserve even one freedom millions before you fought and died for, just so you can throw them away because you want to feel safe flying from Cleveland to St. Louis.