Dear Mr. Pistole:
On November 21, 2010, in a CNN interview with Candy Crowley, you justified your refusal to implement the effective and largely non-invasive Israeli method of screening airline passengers because, in your view, it is “profiling.” You then said:
The question is, do we profile here in the U.S.? No, we don’t.
Really? Where have you been these past two years?
If I may be so bold, I would like to point to the Department of Homeland Security Assessment IA-0257-09, which makes it quite clear that certain groups of Americans, with a certain political perspective, certain religion, certain veteran status, certain skin color and certain gender (yes, I do mean conservative, Christian, military veteran, white, male, etc.) represent a greater terrorist threat than certain other groups of Americans. If that’s not profiling, I don’t know what is. Moreover, being based as it is on antediluvian bigotry (yes, I do mean racism, sexism, etc.), it’s profiling to no good purpose.
Mr. Pistole, we are not stupid. The administration of which you are part is the most blatant profiling entity in the land. So please don’t lie to us; we know better, and such blatant confabulation is really undignified, even in an apparatchik such as yourself. Let’s face it: the reason TSA will not use the Israeli model is because it is, well, Israeli, and as such, it focuses on the real threat which is overwhelmingly Islamic in nature.