“Over the course of my six years with the TSA, the leveraging of rules and surveillance tools to abuse passengers was a daily checkpoint occurrence. Has the TSA screener searching your luggage suddenly decided to share with you the finer points of official bag-search procedure just as your final boarding call is being announced? There’s a good chance that he or she just doesn’t like you. Or in some cases, as we’ve seen, it may be that the screener finds you attractive and wants to use the TSA rules as an excuse to get his or her hands on you.
Amid all the jokes in comment sections, it’s easy to forget that the groping of these dozen or more male passengers by two conspiring TSA screeners is sexual assault, plain and simple. And while it’s easy to focus all the blame on the two unsavory screeners who are now no longer with the agency, perhaps the bigger issue here is a systemic one: There are far too many federal hands on people’s private parts in airports.
Just a few weeks ago, the TSA reached an agreement with the American Civil Liberties Union after a flurry of complaints from African-American women whose hair was too-frequently inspected after passing through the scanners. The reason? The scanners single out areas on passengers’ bodies for pat-downs for just about anything, from the hair of people with braids or barrettes, to the crotch areas of people whose pants are slightly sagging (usually due to the fact that the TSA makes people remove their belts).
The scanners even misidentify perspiration as a potential concealed weapon (have you ever walked into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in July without a slight perspiration problem?) When I worked the millimeter wave scanners, we averaged false head-area anomalies on what I’d estimate was about 1 out of every 8 passengers.”
4th Amendment to the constitution (Excerpted)
” The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, ”
Think that this is the end of abuse? Not a chance; this is only the beginning. Just remember it is all being done in the name of safety and the greater good.
The greater good, that jives with the 4th amendment quote above right? All in the name of greater good?
It is obvious when you read it that the greater good is the individual’s rights. That is after all why it was written, for what greater good is there, if the rights of all the individuals that make up that body of “Greater” are gone?
We are getting back to special rights for special people. Instead of lords we have bureaucrats and those that insure their position and power. Instead of a King we have a body elect that instead of representing us, acts like lords and kings and send diktats to the bureaucrats below.
The greater good has come to represent not, the body of individuals that comprise our society, but instead the self perpetuating bureaucracies that now rule it.
We are now living in a bureaucratic tyranny imposed on us at both the state and federal level and it is the petty tyrants of the police state that will beat us into submission if we don’t comply.
But compliance comes at a price; compliance makes everything they do easier, less dangerous and less costly. Compliance not only furthers their tyranny but in their eyes justifies it.
There is much worse coming if history is to be a teacher. And when it comes do you comply and further it?
Or resist it, by any means necessary?
Yes, this is me still behaving myself.