Remember how the TSA and Janet Napolitano wanted more body scanners at our nation’s airports to curtail airline terrorism? This request flamed up again after the Panty Bomber:
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano endorsed the use of body scanners Wednesday to screen airline passengers despite concerns that the machines create vivid images of people under their clothing.
Islamic scholars have forbidden Muslim travellers from passing through full body scans at airports because they violate religious rules on nudity.
The Fiqh Council of North America issued a fatwa, or religious ruling, yesterday warning Muslims not to go through the scanners.
‘It is a violation of clear Islamic teachings that men or women be seen naked by other men and women,’ read the order.[…]
In the U.S., the Transportation Security Administration said Muslims will have the option of a pat down search by a security guard.
So we can’t employ profiling and the people that boast the most terrorist to their ranks are now excused from body scanners as well, all for the sake of that false idol, Political Correctness. I suppose Janet Napolitano would rather implement the tactic of crossing our fingers and wishing for luck as a way to thwart terrorist attacks.
The powerful council of ten scholars that issued the fatwa is affiliated with the Islamic Society of North America.
The ruling won support last night from the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
CAIR, the group that spends so much time trying to convince the world that it doesn’t have ties to Hamas or other terrorist groups.
The TSA stressed that the body scanners are ‘optional to all passengers’.
Those who turn them down in the US ‘will receive equivalent screening that may include a physical pat-down, hand-wanding, and other technologies.’
If passengers can simply refuse to pass through the scanners, what is the point of spending non-existent money on them? For the appearance of cracking down on terrorism or heightening security?