Reactionary Security Threatens America

The Islamic Jihadist attack at the Brussels International Airport last month was not the first such attack on a target as soft as airports offer. Apparently, one simply pushed one’s luggage trolly right up to a crowded counter with a live device on it, and voila!. One can carry his on board case straight into the crowded but laughable TSA security check lines and detonate it before it even go through the x-ray machine, which, obviously, would be too late!

Previous such attacks have occurred at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, and in Vienna, Austria, both in December 1985. These assaults were conducted by terrorists using machine-guns and hand grenades. In Rome, sixteen people were killed and sixty injured. The group responsible was the Abu Nidal Organization, a ragtag, but none the-less deadly group of muslims funded by the Baathists parties of Syria and Iraq.

Since 1985 the whole scenario has changed and with it, the methods of operation (MO) used by terrorist and terrorist sponsoring regimes. Technology has advanced screening methods to detect ferris metal but only at the gates. So, those types of attacks are less, but our anti-terrorist methods, as evidenced in Brussels, is still operating nearly like it did sixteen years ago.

Today, it would seem the Islamists MO is to employ suicidal bomb attacks, like Brussels and Paris, or use knives and hatchets in direct assaults on individuals. Pre-planted bombs, like Boston, or command detonated ones like Brussels, remain a serious option. Stand off shooters, like in Paris, randomly shooting down into a crowd, is still an effective suicide attack. How the long guns even got into that theater in Paris is a security management failure of major concern.

The San Bernardino attack was an exception only to the point that guns were used probably with the thought of escape by the perpetrators. There, the attackers were known and had been welcomed into the bosom of the community, one that was totally caught off guard and unprepared, either mentally or physically, to react against the threat. We have a lot to learn.

Recent attacks in Israel have been limited to stabbings against soldiers, tourists or residents, at street level. The bomb attacks against crowded busses have nearly stopped but Israel remains an armed camp where the citizens are totally aware, cooperate with authorities and even feel willing to actively enter into the defense of victims. There have been no hijackings of Israeli airplanes, bombings at Israeli counters or assaults on Israeli buildings and institutions.

Americans attitude toward being instantly murdered by terrorists remains: “It can’t happen here.” But yet it does. Our airport security is near worthless because America still clings to a reactionary instead of a proactive attitude in employing effective anti-terrorist strategies. Social policy requires TSA employment opportunities be offered to the otherwise unqualified so they can grope, pull, twist, probe and otherwise harass the traveling public and get paid for it.

We are stupid because ingrained Political Correctness forbids us from “profiling” lest it hurt feelings, surveilling mosques and Islamic centers lest muslims should be offended or intercepting electronic communications lest we overhear a private conversation between lovers.

Folks, it’s not over. The Islamic jihadists are here and they will seek targets where maximum destruction can be assured with the minimal danger of detection. Suicide bombings is the easiest and most effective delivery system to produce the havoc to our society they want.

Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em!

George G. McClellan, a California native, was a Regular Army veteran and served a tour in post war Korea. His post army professional career covered 43 years in law enforcement including the California Highway Patrol and the US Naval Investigative Service (NCIS), among others. With the latter, he became a world traveler visiting and working in many countries from the Philippine Islands to the United Kingdom, Asia, the Middle-East, Bosnia, all of Europe, Russia and India. He retired from the NIS at Naval Air Station, Atlanta, Ga. and has remained in the north Georgia area since 1990 as a co-owner of a Security Consulting company. He earned a Certified Protectional Professional (CPP) certification from the American Society for Industrial Security, as well as a Fraud Examiner certification (CFE). He has published a historical biography on a namesake, a member of the John Jacob Astor Fur Company who explored a route west, and back, after Lewis and Clark. Early American history, Celtic influence on America and conservative politics, remain his greatest interests. He is also a bagpiper since 1975. He and his wife since 1965 now resides in Gilmer County, Ga.