TSA fail: the end of the road is now visible

There was an attack in Saudi Arabia using internally placed explosives up the lower GI tract. These explosives cannot be detected by pat downs, metal detectors, or millimeter wave machines. Much more powerful scanning machines would be required or a cavity search. But no follow up bombs have happened using this method. I’d always wondered why. Now things are becoming clear. Apparently there’s been something of a theological problem. It appears that butt bombs are not permitted due to Islam’s prohibition of sodomy. But that prohibition seems to be loosening.

It will take years for the theologians to digest this new complication but once it has been let loose, it is clearly foreseeable that some portion of islamic scholars will hold this position. The consequences for our travel security regime are rather scary. We’re going to have reached the end of the line because routine x-rays at each flight segment are just not going to happen. The accumulated radiation would cause too many cancers. And cavity searches are simply unreasonable. So where does that leave TSA’s current security strategy?

Like most of their terror innovations, I expect that this will take some time for them to organize. It looks like they’ve already put 4 years into it. It may take them another 4 before they’ve worked the theological problems out sufficient to recruit bombers. But then what?

19 thoughts on “TSA fail: the end of the road is now visible”

  1. End of what road? Everything TSA does is a waste of time already. Always was. Has that fact ever been politically relevant?

  2. “It appears that butt bombs are not permitted due to Islam’s prohibition of sodomy.”

    That is very funny.


    Afghan Men Struggle With Sexual Identity, Study Finds

    “An unclassified study from a military research unit in southern Afghanistan details how homosexual behavior is unusually common among men in the large ethnic group known as Pashtuns — though they seem to be in complete denial about it.

    “The study, obtained by Fox News, found that Pashtun men commonly have sex with other men, admire other men physically, have sexual relationships with boys and shun women both socially and sexually — yet they completely reject the label of “homosexual.”


    Islam is the religion of an army on the move. Sodomy is inherent in the way it structures male female relationships. Sodomy is the only sexual outlet available to the mass of young men in the islamic army, unless and until they enslave infidel women. In the boondocks where such women are not available targets. Sodomy is it. It is just as central to Muslim armies as it was to the Spartans, Thebans, and Royal Navy.

  3. Those morons are NOT going there with me.

    I’ll drive, take a train, boat, whatever..

    Do people realize there’s A REASON they’re not armed?

  4. I suppose this method of bomb delivery compels additional diet restrictions to be effective. Specifically, prohibiting ultra-spicy foods so as to prevent premature detonation.
    Perhaps TSA could open curry shops in foreign airports.

  5. TSA = world’s largest kabuki theater. Only reason I fly are the incredible odds against being on a plane filled with terrorists or on a plane that will crash. I have no confidence whatsoever that I am “safe” on a plane.

  6. Could you provide a cite for the problem of sodomy and butt bombs? I’m asking seriously because I write about Islamic affairs and politics and have never come across that argument.

    The ones I find are the general arguments against suicide and terrorism, but none based on sodomy considerations.

    BTW, Richard F Burton was writing about Afghan sodomy all the way back in the mid-19th C.

  7. OK, let us assume that we are attacked by a series of Islamic gut bombs.

    We’re going to have reached the end of the line because routine x-rays at each flight segment are just not going to happen. The accumulated radiation would cause too many cancers. And cavity searches are simply unreasonable.

    I will agree with the last two sentences. However, that does not mean that the TSA will either not do the x-rays or the cavity searches. Preventing terrorist attacks on our aircraft and cities is not by any means the highest priority of the TSA. Inculcating a culture of submission in the American people and as a byproduct reducing their ease of mobility [a population that is location restricted is easier to control] is. Including a release of liability for the side effects of x-rays and/or consent for cavity searches as a condition of flying would not even take legislation; just publication in the Federal Register. Since flying commercially is not a constitutionally protected activity [as much as the Constitution can be said to protect us under this administration and with Chief Justice Roberts creating ways to enforce unconstitutional mandates]; and since the Federal government has sovereign immunity in all other cases, they are safe from any threat of legal action.

    If it is a choice between increased cancer for fliers AND physical molestation; or re-purposing a group of Federal civil servants to actually do something productive and effective, they will choose cancer and molestation every time so long as VIP’s have a way to avoid it.

    And any bombs that get through will be justification for increasingly intrusive actions by the Federales. At least as long as the cowed American people tolerate it.

    As GRINGO says, the end game is the “Three Conjectures”. The question is what sort of nation we will be by the time we take action?

    Subotai Bahadur

  8. Brandoch Daha – The radiation safety bureaucracy and the plaintiff’s bar vs the TSA security theater bureaucracy. We’d retire our debt if we sold tickets.

    Elf – The TSA has created and is expanding a non-airport screening program. Just because you don’t fly doesn’t make this not an issue for you.

    John Burgess – I hadn’t heard of the problem before now either. I just saw the original butt bomb report and have had some pucker factor ever since.

    Subotai Bahadur – You’re not counting the players as I am. It’s not TSA vs public. It’s TSA vs Radiation health bureaucracy (also federal) and plaintiff’s bar and the public. They already have a very well established federal system that limits radiation exposure for flight crews due to simple altitude. Do you think that they’re going to allow general passengers to have higher exposure than that?

  9. The TSA’s non-airport screening program may be where it all goes pear-shaped. Unless the average American is dumber and more submissive to authority than I thought – being felt-up and subjected to dangerous levels of radiation in order to get on an inter-city bus or train, or into some venue or other – I don’t think this is a situation up with which most of us will put. I don’t like flying much (how ironic is that for an Air Force troop!?)and I will do just about anything reasonable to get around having to do it. But if the thieves, pervs and incompetants of the TSA establish themselves everywhere?

    Interesting times, interesting times.

  10. “Ban muslims. Problem solved.”

    The jihadis are supposed to be recruiting blond radicals although I suspect that martyrdom will be less popular there. Maybe just offer all boarding passengers a piece of bacon.

    Just kidding.

  11. TMLutas Says:
    August 3rd, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Subotai Bahadur – You’re not counting the players as I am.

    Oh, agreed, I am not. It is not just TSA -v- the public. It is the Leftist regime that controls and directs the TSA as one of their “coercive organs of the State”. The theater, the sexual abuse that would be indictable in any other public institution, the humiliations; are not bugs of the system. They are deliberate features. The goal is the submission of the American people and their acknowledgement of that submission. Noting that TSA has not stopped any terrorist acts, but the passengers have; preventing terrorism is the bug in their system.

    Consider all the things that the Left was screaming about prior to January 2009 that they claimed were absolute atrocities. Guantanamo. Targeted bombings/killings of enemy leaders that killed “innocents” around them. American casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan. From 11:30 am on January 20, 2009 all those things and more became virtues, or at least ignorable.

    The ability to double-think is a necessity in government, and a prerequisite to be a Leftist. Believe me, the radiation health bureaucracy will be able to ignore irradiated passengers in the name of the “greater good”. If the subject comes up at all, expect to hear something along the line of If you are not risking cancer, the Terrorists have won.

    Have no doubt, die Strahlungpolizei will still be there, attacking everything except the acts of the government. I even expect them to back Obamacare cutting back on diagnostic procedures to spare radiation exposure.

    SGT. MOM

    Interesting indeed, in the sense that my ancestors used the adjective. I note that what the Left refers to as the “correlation of forces”, both tactically and operationally, are somewhat different outside the bastion zone of the airports.

    Subotai Bahadur

  12. Subotai Bahadur – Abolish the TSA, it’s for the children.

    Seriously, the anti-cancer crowd are about as rabid as you get with fingers deep into both parties. The environmentalists who are against radiation are a very strong leftist constituency. I see this as a major wedge issue which is going to carry hefty majorities who will vote and woe to any left winger who thinks they are safe from their own brethren. It’s going to be so obvious, it isn’t even going to play out this far.

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