What’s in A Name? Ask This Traveler

I am generally sympathetic to our country’s crackdowns on terrorists and suspected terrorists. I support the Patriot Act. I grin and bear the added security (as annoying as it can be) at airports, museums, government buildings, and so on. But this commentary piece in the Post by Diana Abu-Jaber illustrates just one example of what we are doing wrong.

Stupid behavior like continually stopping one woman who is clearly not a terrorist every time she attempts to reenter the United States—her home country—is unacceptable. As is destroying people’s film by refusing to do a hand check (ask Melissa about this one). I’m willing to make a lot of sacrifices for security when appropriate and necessary, but innocent Americans should not have trouble every time they enter an airport for something as innocuous as having an Arabic-sounding name.

Newsflash: Mindlessly and unnecessarily harassing law-abiding citizens will not help stop terrorism.

Scott Bradford is a writer and technologist who has been putting his opinions online since 1995. He believes in three inviolable human rights: life, liberty, and property. He is a Catholic Christian who worships the trinitarian God described in the Nicene Creed. Scott is a husband, nerd, pet lover, and AMC/Jeep enthusiast with a B.S. degree in public administration from George Mason University.