Ever since 2001 – and especially since airline terminal procedures in this country have become interminably painful spectacles – I’ve been asking why we can’t draw on the experience of the Israelis. They are certainly more at risk for air terrorism than any other
entity country. “Why,” (I said to the wall) “aren’t we sending our Homeland Security and TSA minions to Israel to get a first-hand look at how the professionals do it?” Of course, they ought to fly El-Al there and back, just to be on the safe side.
Now I see that some police officers have done just that:
“What we’ve seen so far has been very, very impressive,” Lester Fultz, Deputy Chief of Ohio Police Special Operations division told Ynetnews.
“There’s a lot of ways to learn – you can do the heavy lifting yourself, or you can learn from some other people’s experiences – and that’s what we’re really doing here… some of this is very new to us as Americans, but the Israelis have done this and are very good at it,” he added.
Anthony Perillo, Deputy Chief of Newark Police, described security procedures at Ben Gurion as “hi-tech and hi-speed.” Perillo, who is also a communications officer for Homeland Security, added: “We all have to be vigilant, that’s the bottom line… I think if we all stick together and learn together, we can advance, and hopefully we won’t have any more terrorist attacks.”
Pardon me, Chief Perillo, but our chances of no more terrorist attacks are about as likely as the Jersey mob in your hometown becoming altar boys. You’d be more credible if you’d quit spitting out those Homeland Insecurity bromides at us. You could have stopped at “stick together and learn together” and sounded much wiser.
Meanwhile, Chief Fultz did offer some interesting observations:
“The level of threat here is perceived to be higher and more difficult, so they really begin their security, as we’ve just seen, a lot earlier than we do in American airports,” Fultz noted.
Asked of his impressions of Israel, Fultz said that the media “does not always display the problem as it really is,” and adding that he found “a beautiful country and a beautiful people” in Israel.
Who knows better how the media distort things than the police? It’s good to hear him say so.
Watch the video at the Ynet link above to see the police confronted with the question of racial profiling. They skate around it, but I sense that maybe they’re trying to come to grips with the reality whilst still retaining their jobs.
This visit bodes well for us here in America. Let’s hope there are many more.