Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says “no American should be satisfied” with the current state of security in our country’s airports. Grassley, a Republican, says the attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound jetliner on Christmas Day has revealed yet more looming challenges to our nation’s anti-terrorism policies and efforts to police the skies.
“There is a problem that exists, a loophole that’s not fully closed, between our various agencies of the federal government that are supposed to keep a lookout for terrorists,” Grassley says. “It seems to me that those loopholes have to be closed.” He says it’s clear there’s a lack of communication between the CIA and other key government agencies that are supposed to be keeping us safe from terrorism. On a semantic level, Grassley says he’s upset by the language President Obama is using — and not using — to describe the suspect.
“You still have the president talking about ‘extremists’ instead of using the word ‘terrorist,'” Grassley says. “I don’t know what there is about a president that has trouble with the word jihadist extremist or terrorist when it comes to someone who was willing to kill almost 300 Americans.”
Grassley says Obama needs to “call a spade a spade.” Advanced, expensive machines might have identified the type of explosives used in the latest attack attempt. Critics say the so-called full-body scanners, which provide a 3-D image that’s essentially a person stripped of all clothing, are an invasion of privacy, but Grassley disagrees.
“I guess the way I look at it is, if you’re flying and they can go through your luggage, your privacy is already being violated,” Grassley says. “I want to fly, so I’m going to have to put up with it.” Grassley says the Christmas Day bombing attempt will be the subject of a congressional hearing in January and adds, it will likely bring still more security shortcomings to light.