What is the Alternative to Body Searches?

An opinion by Patricia L Johnson


How do you balance the safety and security of the citizens of the United States against privacy issues?

You don’t!

No matter how intrusive, uncomfortable or embarrassing airport pat-downs and full body scanners are, they sure as hell beat the alternative of being blown to smithereens.

The people in this country should be thrilled that our government is using every means possible to keep us safe.  What would have happened on 9/11 if the same safety and security measures that are in place now, would have been in place then?  It’s very possible the plane tragedies at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Somerset County, PA would not have happened.

The reality is the United States had enemies before 9/11/2001.  Next year will be the 10th anniversary of the attack on our country and after spending nearly ten years attacking the people of Afghanistan and then Iraq – making hundreds of thousands of new enemies; I can assure you our popularity has not increased.  

We have held suspected ‘terrorists’ in our prisons for years, subjecting them to illegal tortures that are too disgusting to even write about.  We’ve kept them away from their families and friends for all these years and in some cases have not even allowed Red Cross and/or Red Crescent visits.  We’ve held these people for nearly a decade on ‘suspicions’ that have yet to be proven in a court of law, in the name of our safety.  What about their privacy and safety?

Most of the prisoners we are detaining are Muslims who follow the Islam religion that prohibits nudity.  I’m sure many of you remember the nude photos from Abu Ghraib prison, where these prisoners were subjected to physical, psychological and sexual abuse.  The humiliation these people went through at our hands will stay with them for the rest of their lives because these men were not only subjected to nudity, but also the horrors of rape, sodomy and torture.

And we’re whining about airport pat-downs and full body scanners?  Grow up America!

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