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In this video, you can watch DHS Secretary Napolitano quickly change the subject of cyber attacks and redirect it towards TSA screenings. If she wasn’t being so serious, I’d have to laugh at Napolitano’s constant avoidance of questions and her stating that, “the passengers have a role to play,” and “the cockpit doors are armored. once they’re shut, he can’t get back in.” In one fail swoop, she gives the two reasons why everything the TSA does is nothing but security theater.

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From C-Span:

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testified at a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing focusing on U.S. immigration policy.

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The Department of Homeland Security has stated that they will no longer pat down children or make them remove their shoes at the airport. Although a quick memo could make this new policy take effect immediately, it will, instead, be rolled out over the next few months.

Napolitano said there may be some exceptions. Terrorists have plotted to use children as suicide bombers, and some children still may be required to remove their shoes to keep security random.

“There will always be some unpredictability built into the system, and there will always be random checks even for groups that we are looking at differently, such as children,” she said.

So, you child will no longer have to remove their shoes, except when they are, in which case, they have to remove their shoes.

Instead of patting down a young child, screeners will soon be told to send children through metal detectors or the walk-through imaging machines multiple times to capture a clear picture and use more explosive trace detection tools such as hand swabs, according to a homeland security official speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the measures.

Now, instead of being subjected to a pat down, children will be sent through backscatter machines repeatedly, exposing them to ionizing radiation that damages cells.

Considering the fact that children were supposed to be already exempt from these procedures, no one is taking Napolitano at her word just yet.

This does nothing to settle the problem of airport security or the security theater that goes with it. Just in this one article, we are told that children are not subjected to the pat downs, or shoe removal except when they are. So, if children are now supposed to be exempt, they why aren’t adults? If Janet Napolitano can say that sometimes children can be terrorists, but they are exempt from pat downs, then why doesn’t the same rule apply to everyone else? Grope everyone or no one. That’s how it should be. There should be exceptions to the rules or security breaks down.

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Janet Napolitano wants us to know that, soon, we’ll be able to keep our shoes on at the airport.

Well, isn’t she nice for fixing this for us? Maybe the DHS could start actually doing something for a change.

“When we implemented that three-ounce liquids ban in the summer of 2006, did I think that would be a forever thing? No,” Bush homeland security adviser Fran Townsend told POLITICO recently. “It has to do with the complacency and laziness of the bureaucracy.”

See? Security theater folks. Taking our shoes off was in response to an actual threat. The three liquids ban was a response to no threat, yet it’s still somehow a threat while hiding explosives in your shoes is no longer a threat.

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DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano has announced that it is no longer necessary to do a 100% screening of cargo that enters the United States.

Asked about a 2007 US Congress requirement that all containers entering the US should be scanned by their ports of exit by 2012, Napolitano said: “We at this point are not going to insist on that.”

Although the 2012 deadline was set by Congress, it did give her department the opportunity to extend it if 100 percent scanning wasn’t feasible.

Napolitano has previously expressed doubt about whether the mandate for all containers to be scanned by 2012 would be met.

It appears that the United States wants other countries to do all the scanning of cargo for them. The other countries said no or no it’s not feasible. They only scan something that is suspicious or dangerous. Congress gave the DHS and “out” so that they could extend the deadline.

Napolitano said the Department of Homeland Security preferred a more “layered approach” including better co-operation between countries, better intelligence sharing and analysis, as well as some container scanning to prevent attacks on the United States.

“I think what we have learnt over time is that there are many different ways to achieve a security objective. You have to have multiple layers that operate effectively,” she said.

The Container Security Initiative (CSI) is run in fifty ports around the world and is designed to scan for high risk containers before they leave their port of origin. If this is true, then what is the need to scan all containers before they reach the US? Ports already scan items them think are risky. A one hundred percent scan is far too time consuming, particularly at one of the busiest ports in the world in Rotterdam.

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