When Security Became Regulation

Posted on November 21, 2010


CNN, in what could very well be the  most superfluous and obvious attempt at keeping a meaty issue to the demo alive, notes:

…Critics, including conservative Republicans who generally oppose government regulation, say the enhanced screening is a knee-jerk and excessive reaction

…”I don’t think the roll-out was good and the application is even worse,” Rep. John Mica, R-Florida, said Sunday on “State of the Union.” “This does need to be refined. But he’s saying it’s the only tool and I believe that’s wrong.”

When did security issues become issues of regulation, the cause celebre of Republican and teabagger alike? Here’s a list of Mica’s “anti-regulation” voting history”

  • Voted YES on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005)
  • Voted YES on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime. (Feb 2004)
  • Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother’s life. (Oct 2003)
  • Voted YES on forbidding human cloning for reproduction & medical research. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted YES on funding for health providers who don’t provide abortion info. (Sep 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)
  • Prohibit transporting minors across state lines for abortion. (Jan 2008)
  • Grant the pre-born equal protection under 14th Amendment. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests. (Sep 1998)
  • Ban federal funding for needle-exchange programs. (Mar 1999)
  • Commitment to unbreakable U.S.-Israel bond. (Mar 2010)
  • Voted YES on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on limiting attorney’s fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on allowing electronic surveillance without a warrant. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on continuing intelligence gathering without civil oversight. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on federalizing rules for driver licenses to hinder terrorists. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on continuing military recruitment on college campuses. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on emergency $78B for war in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted YES on permitting commercial airline pilots to carry guns. (Jul 2002)
  • Voted YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on deploying SDI. (Mar 1999)

As you can see from this lengthy, and partial, list, Congressman Mica hates, with a passion, all forms of regulation. Especially regulation that allows the government to spy on certain people, deny them their civil and health rights, and make them salute the flag and pray in school. “Oppose regulation?” Jesus Christ. Its as if Mica faxed CNN an outline for the article before hand.

And then this:

Mica and other conservatives call for easing the use of enhanced screening for travelers who clearly pose no security risk. Mica cited Israel’s use of passenger profiling based on travel history, age and other factors to determine more likely security risks.

Pistole, however, said the United States doesn’t use the same kind of profiling, and he also noted that travelers who trigger a security question in Israel also undergo a rigorous pat-down.

As I’ve already written, the TSA has already been successfully sued several times in the last six years for profiling. That means they already do it, haven’t stopped and will never stop.  But what’s most absurd is the constant canard of “Israel, the most super-dooperist securiest nation profiles people and they are like totally safe”.

Israel’s Ben Gurion airport, unlike almost every airport in the US, actually experienced a massive successful and bloody attack in 1972. The perpetrators were Japanese. That’s what profiling gets you in the area of security; a checklist for would-be terrorists of who not to include in your cadre. As Israel can tell you, profiling is a great way to systematically harass a subject set of populations; it doesn’t do jack for security. Israel has had more domestic terror attacks than any other country on earth. That’s why they don’t have airline terrorism–their “terrorists” live in the country and in its annexed and occupied territories. Why the hell would any of those people get on a plane when they can just take a taxi to downtown Tel Aviv and Jerusalem? Indeed, they had to build a wall to prevent that and it wasn’t to keep “terrorists” from getting to the airport.