TSA Asked to Employ Full Body Scanning to All Passengers
A counterterrorism expert has urged the federal government to employ full body screening to all outgoing and incoming commercial plane passengers as a means to avoid repeating the botched attempt to blow up the Northwest Airline on Christmas Day in Detroit, Michigan.
Steven Emerson, executive director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, which is the largest archival storehouses of open source intelligence on radical Islamic networks, and the author or co-author of six books on terrorism and national security, made this suggestion Tuesday in a CNN column.
He said the use of full body scanners, a developing technology used in a handful of airports around the world, could be the right answer. However, he explained that "the current random searches do only a minimum to improve security... Quite simply, the system has failed and must be revamped."
Emerson insisted that law enforcement professionals must ask themselves on how to prevent any terrorist from boarding a commercial plane.
"Once we focus our attention on individual terrorists rather than their potential weapons, one fact is immediately clear: We must completely change the way we go about airport security and counterterrorism in general," he said.
In response, the Transportation Security Administration lost no time in rectifying security flaws at the airports. At this time, the TSA would require all individuals flying into the U.S. from nations that are state sponsors of terrorism or other countries of interest to undergo enhanced screening. Although, it did say as to whether it would include profiling as a means to detect individuals with sinister motives.
Emerson had suggested the TSA and the intelligence community should come up with a solution that would pave the way for the implementation of a "smart screening" procedures to all passengers boarding commercial planes bound for the United States. As President Obama said: "We are at war with Al-Qaeda."Continued on the next page