Once again Political Correctness shows it Ugly Head

@bobmnu (8160)
United States
December 31, 2009 12:36am CST
With this latest terrorist action we see that PC is again putting us in danger. In a discussion over the weekend several people stated that they could understand how this could happen. After all what would the world think of us if we excluded an African Man from the plane. One person pointed out that if you report something suspicious about a person and it turns out to be wrong then you suffer. One person, a TSA worker, reported a family of 4 (Americans but of middle Eastern descend) and the father was carrying $39,990 in cash. When it was reported to a supervisor and when the supervisor saw who it was told the screener to let them go. The law said that a person transferring $10,000 or more needs to be reported to the government to prevent money laundering. The employee received a letter in his file telling him to not to report things that were not a clear violation. Another person reported that in their organization if you file a complaint against a minority and it is proven to be not true you are the one who suffers a career ending move. In the case of the Fort Hood shooter if someone along the way had reported him as being a danger and could not provide proof positive that he was then it would be their career that would be over. When are we going to wake up and let people do their job and fight the terrorist.
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@anniepa (27238)
• United States
1 Jan 10
That's a good question, Bob, when indeed? However, the Christmas Day attempt really had nothing to do with "political correctness", in my opinion. I've heard and read of many people saying we should profile and discriminate but unless you wish to subject every black person to extreme questioning and checking despite the fact they don't fit the terrorist profile, I don't see how it applies here. The "underwear bomber" looked pretty much like many kids attending my local high schools. He could easily have been a teammate of my grandson's, judging him on his appearance and demeanor. That having been said there were multiple mistakes made leading up to Christmas Day and I have a feeling there will be some heads rolling before long at all. Let's hope that everyone learns a lesson or two from this close call and realizes how lucky we are this plan didn't work! Annie
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
2 Jan 10
How many people travel with no luggage and on a one way ticket paid in cash? These are warning signs that should be in a profile and trigger a higher level of screening. It should not make a difference the color of skin or religion.
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@anniepa (27238)
• United States
8 Jan 10
We're in agreement there, about the one-way ticket paid for with cash and no luggage. I guess I just wasn't thinking of that as "profiling". If that's profiling then I'm certainly all for it! Annie
19 Jan 10
Quitely simply it will never happen because there will always be someone willing to the sue pants of someone else claiming discrimination of some sort or another, and there will always be some lawyer willing to take the case for them. Until the law is changed so that the compensation society is crushed, politcal correctness will sadly prevail meaning that terrorism will continue because no one dares offend anyone anymore.