It begins: New U.S. flight regs are discriminatory, says Nigeria; Update: CAIR piles on

posted at 6:24 pm on January 4, 2010 by Allahpundit

If only Barack Obama were as “brave” as his pals on the left, these near-misses at mass murder could be taken in stride.

“It is unfair to include Nigeria on the US list for tighter screening because Nigerians do not have terrorist tendencies,” Akunyili told journalists.

“It is unfair to discriminate against over 150 million people because of the behaviour of one person,” said the minister…

“Abdulmutallab’s behaviour is not reflective of Nigerians and should therefore not be used as a yardstick to judge all Nigerians,” said Akunyili.

“He was not influenced in Nigeria. He was not recruited or trained in Nigeria. He was not supported whatsoever in Nigeria.”…

“Abdulmutallab was a well-behaved child, from a responsible family, who developed the ugly tendency to do what he tried to do because of his exposure outside the shores of Nigeria,” the minister said.

He’s got half a point. It is stupid to screen by nationality for threats by a transnational movement, but since screening by religion is politically impossible, a proxy is better than nothing. But it’s also a lie to suggest that Abdulmutallab’s some sort of lone gunman, never to be repeated among Nigerians. Areas of the country have been under “moderate shari’a” for 10 years and disenchantment with the results has led some to start pushing for a stricter version. Skim this and see how you feel about the blanket statement that “Nigerians do not have terrorist tendencies.”

Exit question via InstaGlenn: Will the new screening measures “irritate” Nigerians into becoming terrorists?

Update: Your move, Barry.

Enhanced screening procedures for U.S.-bound air passengers traveling through “state sponsors of terrorism or other countries of interest” such as Pakistan, Yemen and Nigeria amount to religious profiling of Muslims, the Council on American-Islamic Relations said Monday…

“Under these new guidelines, almost every American Muslim who travels to see family or friends or goes on pilgrimage to Mecca will automatically be singled out for special security checks — that’s profiling,” said Nihad Awad, the council’s national executive director. “While singling out travelers based on religion and national origin may make some people feel safer, it only serves to alienate and stigmatize Muslims and does nothing to improve airline security.”

A TSA spokesperson, Kristin Lee, responded that “TSA does not profile.”


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Flying was once a good way to travel. Then some idiot wanted to go to Cuba without a ticket.
We travelers were advised to “just go along”.
The “along” has long since reached stupidity.
This is the United States of America. I am a citizen. No GD scan, screens etc. for me. I want concealed carry on board. And my knife back, too.
Profile to our heart’s content. We want to kill terrorists rather than allow them to kill us.
Fix rather than increase the problem. It’s simple. Get ‘em first.

Caststeel on January 5, 2010 at 2:06 AM

CAIR, Flying Imams, Muslim Brotherhood, jihad preached in mosques, terror on US soil on barry’s watch, land owned by muslims where muslim women are trained in throat cutting, obama’s newly signed executive order giving interpol rights to arrest and take away Americans on US soil – We the People need to rise up, go on the offense, demand and act – deport muslims, strip them of title to land, close the mosques, chase them down, deny entrance to the country, refuse to have KSM tried again in New York as a US citizen, turn underpants over to military in Guantanamo, demand Guantanamo stays open and demand obama resign for a multitude of abuses, high crimes and misdemeanors and because we will not survive unless he goes, and goes now.

tigerlily on January 5, 2010 at 2:35 AM

Our enemies are both foreign and domestic. We are at war.
It’s time we started acting like it. It’s them or us, and it won’t be long until we know the outcome. Who do you think is most effectively on the attack, obama and the terrorists, or We the People?

As barry is so fond of saying, the time for talk is over.

Tax revolt or lose our nation and our future.

Choose and act before it’s too late. And November 2010 is light years away in what is going to be a perfect storm of s%$t which is going to make landfall this year – we may well never have that election, and even if we do, there is still $500 billion of unspent stimulus money – do you think it could maybe keep the Dems in power? We are dealing with an evil in obama and his handlers that we have never seen before and is as serious as a heart attack in taking away our country. If anyone thinks for one minute that he will allow the midterms or 2012 to put him out of power, a power he has gained by literally robbing the United States blind in the past 11 months, then I guess it will be right to say We the Sheeple.

tigerlily on January 5, 2010 at 3:04 AM

After all this time, CAIR still exists? I see.

Kralizec on January 5, 2010 at 10:41 AM

Despots and the public relations arm of organized terrorists complain about airline security regulations.

Hmmmm….must be on target or they wouldn’t be complaining.

BobMbx on January 5, 2010 at 11:46 AM

What’s the matter Berry? Easy to criticize President Bush, not easy when you are accountable?

Wade on January 5, 2010 at 3:48 PM

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