Isaac Yeffet, former Deputy Director of Security of Operations for the Israeli foreign ministry and Director of El Al Airline's security, was interviewed on KFI Radio January 11th regarding airline security and the new regulations being implemented.
Questioned by afternoon hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou, Yeffet answered a host of questions and addressed the topic of the controversial naked body scanners, purported by the U.S. government to be the lastest tool necessary to prevent potential terrorism.
Asked how terrorists should be stopped, Yeffet replied "He must be stopped on the ground at the airport. it's not complicated."
Yeffet seemed frustrated at the U.S. government's lack of effective security measures despite spending billions of dollars: "September 11. 3000 people lost their lives. Why? No security. Have we learned something? No." He maligned new stringent regulations as ineffective, explained why naked body scanners were unnecessary and how proper security should be implemented.
"He hide his explosive in his underwear... he has to be seen naked? because of this Nigerian... Even to the restroom you will not be able to go. This is not the security we are looking for."
Asked about the recent case of the Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, Yeffet exaplained what he would have done differently, and how airline security is a very serious matter that should be left to professionals. "He would never ever could be able to dream to be able to come to the aircarft. The intelligence knew he was connected to al Qaida...he bought a one way ticket he paid 3000 dollars cash... If something is suspicious i would not leave one piece...Do not rely only on technology. technology can not replace the well trained human being."
Chiampou references a poll that claims Americans are in favor of the body scanners 80 to 20 per cent.
"The people who sat on that information should be fired", Yeffet says in reference to the security who let Abdulmutallab on the plane to Detroit, and also referenced the shoe bomber Richard Reid. "No one asked him one simple question. You know who are the brave security people? the passengers on the flight...we can not leave the security in the hands of innocent passengers."
In the third segment, Yeffet was asked about Muslim opposition to the naked body scanners. "I am not Muslim but I am very familiar with the Muslim traditions..and I know that we have millions of Muslims in this country. So many women when they leave the house they cover their body from the head to the bottom. Now she can not go by herself somebody has to escort her. Now realize that this woman, will go with her husband or with her brother or son to take a flight and we tell the man step aside, now i want to see your wifes body naked?? Do you know what kind of negative reaction we will get? Not only from th couple. Do you know what wil happen in the Muslim world?? Did somebody think for a second that in Saudi Arabia women can not even drive, she can not leave the house whatsoever without somebody to escort her.. Bring this woman to this country and i want to see who would allow us to see her body naked?
"Now let's assume that you and me will be ready to be seen naked. Did the security solve the problem of the flight? Definitely not. Why? You are covering only part of the problem. The big problem is that we have cargo . We have luggage. We have catering. We have fueling. We have people that load the luggage on the flight. the aircarft. we have people that are cleaning the aircarft. we have. you must have security that will search aircaft, that is clean from any explosive, before you allowing the passenger to board.
"What kind of security this we have? Why we have to hurt the people and to let them be insulted by telling them 'we have no choice' . why our system is patch on top of patch. Shoe bomber, take off your shoes now. underwear. i want to see you naked? ...Here we solve nothing or almost nothing. we spend billions dollars to buy this equipment , and all the rest of the security , who will take care of it? I need to know.
"Are we waiting for another tragedy that will find out that from the cargo we had explosives that killed hundreds of innocent people ? and then well try to break out head how to solve the problem of the cargo?
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