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By Brahma Chellaney
Beijing's creeping aggression signals a challenge to U.S. presence in the Asian Pacific
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Bill Smullen
More than a decade after terrorists used planes to attack the United States, the Transportation Security Administration slowly has carved out a series of exceptions to its strict airport-screening rules, allowing some passengers to avoid at least some of the inconveniences and intrusions that rank-and-file passengers withstand.
But Mr. Smullen, a retired Army colonel, said current screening policies are too convoluted, too complex and too imprecise.
The threat of terrorism "is always going to be there, but we're punishing I think too many for things that are unlikely to happen from within" the United States, he said.