latest reported poll shows that 81% of sheeple love the TSA -
“Tell a man that he must live for others and you don’t need a whip – he’ll bring it to you and ask to be whipped.” -Ayn Rand
“They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” -Source in dispute
By now everyone has heard about the latest controversy surrounding the recent heightened TSA security measures at our airports. This story first appeared last week throughout the blogosphere, specifically on Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, who then pushed to get this into the headline news cycle. Not long after Jones first began posting on the alleged TSA abuses, videos started to appear of people describing their experience with heavy handed TSA security. Last Friday Matt Drudge picked up the story and it broke loose around the country.
The Transportation Security Administration was originally created in the wake of 9/11 to strengthen security at our airports and other transportation systems, while at the same time ensuring freedom of movement for people and commerce. Within a year of its creation, TSA assumed sole responsibility for security at our nation’s airports. The recent addition of naked body scanners that were installed in the wake of the Christmas Day bombing, is what has lit off this latest controversy over the balance between safety and our civil liberties.Over the past week, the TSA has lit off a firestorm of controversy, with reports coming in from around the country claiming inappropriate fondling of people’s genitals and other private areas. Even more general complaints are being raised claiming that the TSA has simply gone too far. The Walls Street Journal published an interesting article that includes commentary on two recent court cases that brought the issue of TSA authority and our Fourth Amendment rights into question. Also, a citizens group has gone so far as to organize a national body scanner opt out day that is set for November 24th. Indeed, a call for Civil Disobedience may well be in order.
I have felt from the beginning that security procedures were questionable, and that we all need to be on guard against the natural tendency of allowing fear to drive people into forfeiting liberty. From the beginning, common sense was tossed to the wind by not allowing “profiling,” and therefore anyone and everyone has been a candidate for a security shakedown. When 100% of the attacks over the past 30 years have been committed by Muslims, I would say that it’s more a description of the suspect than discrimination or “racial profiling.” As far back as 2004 we had insane things happening such as the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy who was stopped and questioned at airports five times because his name mistakenly appeared on the government’s no-fly list.
We are all familiar with the stories that have came out over the years of people getting the third degree at airports when simple common sense would tell you that the person is not an Islamic Jihadist. While the TSA has been busy frisking down Senators and old ladies, it has often been private citizens who have foiled multiple terror attempts, rather than Homeland Security and the TSA.
One of the disturbing things that I have witnessed on various websites are the number of people who appear to think that all of this is for our safety. It is being argued by many that the body scanners and the full body frisking is worth the price; it makes us all feel “safe.” After all, terrorists have been known to hide things in their underwear.
The problem with this thinking is that it breaks the door wide open. It is this mindset that is willing to surrender liberty to authority simply because it commands, that has lead to the great horrors of the last century. Knowing where to draw the line between safety, and our Fourth Amendment rights that protect citizens should be job one in times like these.
“The right of the people [that's us] to be secure in their persons [that would include our private body parts], houses, papers, and effects [I'd say our children are covered], against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.”
I would have to say that radioactive body scanners and genital inspections are well over the line.
If we follow the logic of those arguing for safety over liberty, then it should also be required that people pass through full body scanners before entering their local shopping malls. After all, terrorists have been know to target shopping malls, such as Nuradin Abdi, who was arrested in late 2003 in Louisville, Kentucky while in the midst of plans to attack a mall in Columbus, Ohio.
Just to be on the safe side, we should also install full body scanners at all sporting events and music festivals. And, while we’re padding all the playgrounds with super high density rubber foam, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have school children pass through a radioactive junk checker before class as well. Who knows what dangerous items they may have stuffed down their pants. You can’t be too sure now a days, and the surveillance cameras that are currently installed on all our street corners can’t catch everything.
Yeah, I often wonder just how far it will have to go before we’re all safe from that dreaded Emmanuel Goldstein – enemy of the people.
Don’t forget about the opportunity to participate in an act of Civil Disobedience on November 24.
Here’s a t-shirt to help TSA understand just how you feel.