Monday, January 4, 2010

Recommended Reading

Way back in 2002, an Israeli security expert was quoted as saying that while Israel has a system for finding terrorists, the Americans had a system for bothering people. Things haven't changed much since then. From the Toronto Star, this outstanding piece about the differences between airport security techniques in the U.S./Canada and Israel:

"Israelis, unlike Canadians and Americans, don't take s--- from anybody. When the security agency in Israel (the ISA) started to tighten security and we had to wait in line for – not for hours – but 30 or 40 minutes, all hell broke loose here. We said, `We're not going to do this. You're going to find a way that will take care of security without touching the efficiency of the airport.'"

Despite facing dozens of potential threats each day, the security set-up at Israel's largest hub, Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport, has not been breached since 2002, when a passenger mistakenly carried a handgun onto a flight. How do they manage that?

Read the whole thing--especially if your name is Janet Napolitano.

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