RE: New Airport Security still SUCKS

From: Holden, Steve (
Date: Wed Sep 19 2001 - 11:56:07 MDT

Mike wrote:
> Think about this for a minute. This means that the only real means of
> ensuring that passengers are not armed is to strip and cavity search
> every airline passenger.

This will probably be done in terms of a surface penetrating radar that has
been in evaluation for a couple years. People will walk through it and it
will see everything under your clothes, plastic and ceramic knives and even
personal details - curvature of breasts.

Think about this: Pilots are now having their razorblades and tweezers
confiscated from their kitbags. Swiss Army knives, a former requirement for
them to carry are now banned. The people who are responsible for keeping
you alive for 1-13 hours during your flight are being disarmed and made

Think about this: Ground crews - baggage handlers, food service employees,
is information is from a family member who's a commercial pilot.

> Think about the implications: since it is therefore impossible to
> prevent all passengers from being armed unless we choose to live in a
> big brother police state, we MUST have armed people on every flight.

Read the following:

"It seems clear that billions of dollars for metal detectors and ID
checks have proven ineffective in stopping terrorism. Villains
always manage to get weapons and always seem to get them through
security checkpoints. Despite this obvious fact, many voices are
now calling for Americans to give up more of their freedoms. What
we really need is to instigate procedures that will serve as a
deterrent to terrorists."

H.R. 2896 Will Arm Pilots

For example, Gun Owners of America is calling upon Congress to
immediately adopt self-defense legislation that was introduced on
Friday by Republican Representative Ron Paul of Texas.

Paul's bill (H.R. 2896) will overturn existing laws and regulations
that prevent pilots from carrying sidearms onto planes. Rep. Paul
believes that armed pilots could save the lives of thousands of

"It would be a mistake," Paul told Gun Owners of America, "to
respond to last week's terrorist attacks by punishing the American
people with more infringements on their liberties.

"We don't need more intrusive government. We need freedom. Freedom
saves lives, and my bill is a modest step towards letting pilots
defend their lives and the lives of their passengers -- not to
mention the lives of thousands of innocent people who may be working
in office buildings."

It is imperative that gun owners let their Congressman and Senators
know that they support this common-sense legislation.

ACTION: Urge your Representative to cosponsor H.R. 2896, which
allows pilots to defend the lives of their passengers. Please use
the prewritten text below to help direct your comments to your
Representative. You can call your Congressman at 202-225-3121. To
identify your Representative, as well as to send a message via
e-mail, see the Legislative Action Center at on the GOA website.

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