I really do try not to get too political on here, but every once in awhile I just cannot resist. I’m sure most of my readers are aware of the (insane) new security measures that TSA is engaging in. As though taking off your shoes wasn’t enough, now they get to either a) look at
free porn you naked whilst submitting you to god-knows-how-much-cancer, or b) sexually assault grope you. As one who has been raped before, I cannot believe that I should have to submit to something that is such a violation of my person just to travel. I do liken it to sexual assault. And the price to refuse all this? A fine of $10,000 and possibly (probably) jail.
I recently became aware of a little thing called “Security Theater“, a phrase coined by Bruce Schneier in his book “Beyond Fear“, the gist is this: Security measures that are taken to make you feel safe, whilst in actuality, doing little or nothing to really improve safety. Yep, I said doing little or nothing to actually make you safe. In the words of the aforementioned Bruce Schneier: “You can’t defend. You can’t prevent. The only thing you can do is detect and respond.”
Of course, I think it’s completely absurd to give most of these so-called terrorists so much credit. Why? Because, if you haven’t noticed, the vast majority of them manage to either get caught pretty quickly or blow themselves up before they ever harm anyone else. It’s like being afraid of stupid people. They probably won’t harm you in any real manner. There’s just not enough of a risk to justify groping men, women, and children.
But, as long as the sheeple keep submitting to this violation of their persons, it will continue. As long as there are people that truly believe this is “for our own good”, it will continue. Where do we go from here? After all, some plastic explosives could be fashioned in a phallic shape and put around someone’s penis, or perhaps inserted into a rectum and not show up on these ridiculous new scanners that the TSA holds so dear. Are full body cavity searches next? Or perhaps we should all be forced down to our skivvies upon entering the airport and not be allowed to dress until we arrive at our destination. Where will it end??
People also don’t stop to realize that, when we lose a freedom, when one of our liberties is taken away, we will NEVER get it back. I believe it was Benjamin Franklin who said “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety”. In this country, we have the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution that protects us against unreasonable searches and seizures. Yet, every time we submit to a scan or a feel, we might as well just light a match and burn that baby.
Does anyone else think that this reeks of 1930s Nazi Germany??
Additionally, I teach my children that their genitals are theirs and no one else is to touch them, yet what sort of bizarre message does TSA send to our children as they grope them?
My husband, who served in the Army Reserves up until they decided they were done with him due to his diabetes and his ankle injury, both a direct result of his time with the military, did not fight in Afghanistan for his family and others to be sexually assaulted by an organization that is supposed to protect us. He did not fight for citizens at home to lose their freedoms, rights and liberties. Likewise my uncle didn’t die in Vietnam for all of this to go on.
As a result of the TSA constantly trying to play catch up, we must now take off our shoes, place our little liquids in Ziploc bags, and choose between potentially harmful, irradiating naked porno-scanners or a sexual assault that strips us of what dignity we have left.
As with other massive federal government overreaches, the TSA thinks telling us this is necessary for “our safety” allows it to do whatever it wants to us, including shredding our Fourth Amendment rights.
The government spends tens of billions on the TSA, our foreign intelligence gathering, and creating “No Fly Lists.” Yet it was the flight crew and passengers, not a wasteful bureaucracy, that stopped the “Shoe bomber” and “Christmas Day Bomber,” even though the Christmas Day Bomber’s father tried to warn the American government about what his son was doing well in advance. Not to mention the fact that the TSA are barely trained, barely functioning, clueless, minimum wage buffoons who have no real idea what “protecting citizens” actually entails.
It is beyond time to restore Americans’ dignity when they travel. In a free country, we should never have to choose between total exposure or assault just to get on a plane. And we should never stand idly by while fellow citizens like cancer patients and survivors are humiliated into submitting to a bureaucrat’s idea of “security.”
I refuse to give up my and my family’s liberties and I have had it with the TSA!