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Subject:  Airline security Date:  9/20/2001  2:52 PM
Author:  fleg9bo Number:  14614 of 27876

My doppel Ann Coulter has suggested the following (among other things):

(3) We should require passports to fly domestically. Passports can be forged, but they can also be checked with the home country in case of any suspicious-looking swarthy males. It will be a minor hassle, but it's better than national ID cards. It's also far less annoying than the seat belt instructions.

(4) All 19 hijackers in last week's attack appear to have been aliens. As far as the Constitution is concerned, visitors to this country are here at the nation's pleasure. Congress could pass a law tomorrow requiring that all aliens from Arabic countries leave. (More on that next week.) Congress could certainly pass a law requiring all aliens to get approval from the INS before boarding an airplane in the United States.

(5) Of course, any security procedure imaginable can be breached by well-financed fanatics willing to commit suicide for their cause. The main deterrent to terrorists is to create despair and hopelessness by destroying their home sponsors. Colin Powell (news - web sites) is just the man for the job. But on the off-chance that he is insufficiently ruthless, someone should tell Janet Reno (news - web sites) that Islamic Fundamentalism is an offshoot of the Branch Davidians.

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