People are shocked--just shocked--that alleged terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab received excellent schooling and came from a well-off family. As I explained back in 2008, the most dangerous terrorists will be educated and more likely to be middle-class or rich than poor. See HERE for the post titled "Terrorism: The Unusual Suspects."
The most worrisome part? The alleged terrorist's own father alerted authorities to his son's possible extremism, and the son still managed to evade security checkpoints.
Don't you feel safe knowing the TSA is profiling people based on their passports (which causes my harmless grandmother to get advanced screening every time she travels), but the TSA can't seem to follow up on a direct tip?
In the spirit of Mastercard, I leave you with the following "commercial":
America's military-industrial complex: $626 billion
Having a parent feel loyal enough to alert authorities to his own son: $0 [Note: imagine if the U.S. had accidentally killed one of the parent's family members--would the father still do the same thing?]
Having a random passenger on a plane brave enough to physically handle a potential terrorist: $0
Percentage of military's budget that saved Americans from Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab: 0%
Believing that killing poor people in the Middle East will make us safer: unknown cost
Keeping America safe while maintaining Constitutional principles: priceless.