Israel to West: Your airport security is inadequate

Sunday, April 25, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff

A top Israeli security expert told the Canadian parliament last week that it was foolish for spending millions of dollars on inadequate full-body scanners for its airports.

Rafi Sela, former head of security at Israel's Ben Gurion Airport, told the lawmakers via video link that the acquisition of 44 full-body scanners at a cost of $250,000 each was "too little, too late."

Sela reprimanded the Canadians (and indirectly other Western nations) for constantly "running after the incidents instead of being in front of them."

Several of the Canadian lawmakers argued back, insisting that the new scanners are a significant technological advancement that will help prevent attacks while maintaining Canada's "politically correct" approach to terrorism.

Sela noted that he could easily pass through one of the new scanners with enough explosives to bring down a 747 passenger jet, and that many terrorists also know how to do so. That, said Sela, is precisely why Israel, a primary target for Muslim terrorists, has not bothered even looking into the new full-body scanners.

Sela recommended that Canada instead implement a "trusted traveler" policy so that security personnel can spend more time investigating passengers they are unfamiliar with. He also suggested behavioral profiling, since Canada and the West refuse to even consider the racial profiling that has served Israeli security so well.

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