We have already seen how pointless (and malicious) the full-body scanners in our airports are. So far, it has been clearly shown that they wouldn’t have caught the “pants bomber” (which is why they were installed in the first place!); Muslims have protested and are therefore excused from going through them (er, hello?); people have been caught getting their jollies from looking at naked people and of course, accusations of potential child abuse are rampant.
How could you possibly beat that? It turns out that it’s easy:
A team of more than 3,000 “behaviour detection” officers hired to spot terrorists at US airports
The specially-trained officers patrol terminals monitoring passengers for suspicious body language and facial expressions.
Since 2006, the officers have been stationed at more than 160 airports across the US in order to provide a hidden measure of security.
3000 officers, 160 airports is roughly 20 per airport. And how many terrorists have they caught?
[The officers] have failed to catch a single person despite costing the taxpayer $200 million (£140 million) last year.
Maybe they were just unlucky? Maybe no terrorists actually travelled in that time?
But 16 people accused of being part of terrorist plots have passed through US airports undetected a total of 23 times since 2004.
Oh! But surely they caught somebody?
By 2008, around 160,000 people had been selected to be interviewed or given further pat downs based on the behaviour detection technique but less than one per cent of those were arrested.
$200,000,000 to arrest 1700 people, apparently. Any none of them were the terrorists they were actually looking for, even though the terrorists had, in fact, gone through those airports. And really, there’s nothing to say that regular customs or passport control wouldn’t have nobbled them anyway. $117500 per arrest and a zero success rate on finding the people you’re actually looking for doesn’t sound like it’s worth having, really.