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TSA full body scanners et al Osama bin Ladin must be giggling himself silly

Ten years after 9/11, Americans who fly are facing a Faustian choice between subjecting themselves to a virtual (and potentially medically damaging) strip search conducted in questionable machines run by federal employees, or a psychologically damaging pat-down of their bodies.

TSA has established itself as the lead federal agency charged with perpetuating this risk-averse culture at airports around the country. The proof is evident over the past ten years: Because of the Shoebomber, we have to remove our shoes. Thanks to the Christmas Crotchbomber, we are subjected to invasive scanning or government-mandated molestation. Because there’s a potential for explosives in liquid or gel form, we’ve got the “Three Ounces in A Baggie” rule. Wearing a sweater or bulky fleece hoodie? Take it off (along with your shoes and belt) so it can be examined. Or frisking Granny, or asking toddlers to drink from their Sippy-cups to make sure it’s really Mommy’s milk inside. All in the name of protecting the homeland.

Given this latest round of homeland hysteria, I must ask again — what happens after the next ‘new’ attempt to smuggle something onto a plane? Actually, we know the answer: another item will go on the Prohibited Items List and additional screenings of passengers will be conducted, followed by more patronising security-speak from our Department of Homeland Insecurity asking law abiding folks to give up more of their privacy and personal “space” in the interest of Homeland (er, “State”) Security. Where does it end?

Due to this nationalised risk aversion and a docile public, we’re now living in a country that subordinates law abiding travelers to quasi-law-enforcement employees of a government agency empowered to make up the rules as it goes along and arrest/fine those who question, challenge, or refuse to comply with their demands while impeding their travel within this great country. What does all of this do to our nation? Our way of life? Our way of thinking as citizens?

The tragedy of 9/11 wasn’t simply the attacks of that day, but what has happened to America in the years since.

Which begs the question: who should we be afraid of, really — “them” or “us?”

[Excerpts from CounterPunch article]

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6 Responses to “TSA full body scanners et al Osama bin Ladin must be giggling himself silly”

  1. Watch Congressman Ron Paul speaking out (in the U.S. House of Representatives 11-17-2010) against TSA abuses

  2. Lauren Kelley at AlterNet writes:

    The recent, furious backlash against the TSA’s degrading body scanners has drawn attention to the myriad ways the so-called “porno scanners” can violate one’s privacy, civil rights and basic sense of dignity.

    1. The scanner operators can see everything, including pads and tampons. Can women expect an extra invasive pat-down of their crotches on heavy flow days?

    2. Naked passenger images are easily saved — and spread on the Internet. Body scanner images are supposed to be deleted immediately. But as tech-blog Gizmodo proved earlier this week, it is all too easy for the machines to save images of naked passengers, genitalia and all, and for blogs to get a hold of them and spread them on the Web.

    3. They could give you cancer. Scientists have warned that there are serious health risks associated with X-ray body scanners.

    4. If you refuse to go through one, you could be publicly groped. A pilots union has likened the process to “sexual molestation,” while rape victims have been emotionally triggered and old ladies brought to tears by the pat downs.

    5. You could wind up with a hefty fine for refusing to be scanned. [As per the case with John Tyner]

    6. They’re an obscene waste of money. The House actually voted down the use of body scanners, but the TSA ignored the will of Congress and bought the machines anyway, wasting $25 million in stimulus funds.

  3. Naked body scanners do not enhance air travel security, but they do accomplish something far more intriguing:

    The successful completion of an experiment in human behavior.

    If you were to pose the question “Will people line up like cattle to be electronically undressed in front of government security officers?” the answer is now unequivocally YES!

    Most people, it turns out, will simply do whatever they’re told by government authorities, even if it means giving up their privacy or their freedoms. Almost anything can be sold to the public under the guise of “fighting terrorism” these days, including subjecting your body to what is essentially a low-radiation CT scan at the airport.

  4. Look at the idiots with the plane bombs. They were not bombers. They were clowns. The point was not to bring the planes out of the sky, but to put the fear into the flyers. When we dishonor each other, treat paying public like meat to be inspected, build up the fear of the people, we are working directly and with great loyalty for the terrorists.

    I am a rape survivor. You better believe the only way I would go to an airport under these conditions is as a cold, dead body

    http://www.evolver.net/user/soultraveller/blog/wednesday_november_2

    Wednesday, November 24, 2010 is NATIONAL OPT-OUT DAY!

  5. Men and woman long ago gave thier lives for my freedom. They sailed accross to the other side of the world so that thier children could worship the Lord without fear of being stoned or burnded at the stake.
    We applaud them.

    Men and woman fought against that same government years in order to stop heavy taxing. They rose up against a government that would not listen to them in order that thier voice might be heard by one that would.
    We applaud them.

    They fought and they fought hard. And for what? For freedom, that’s what.

    Those men and woman fought for Godly, Biblical, ethical, moral, common sence rights. Rights like not being beaten by the government. Rights like being able to walk down the street and not get blown up. Rights like not fearing your nieghbor. Rights like truth, honesty, generosity, charity, nobleness, honor, and pride.

    Rights like not having the TSA makes excuses, and unconsitutionally going ahead and putting in porn machines even when Congress voted it down, and without regard for those who fought for the TSAs ability to hold a job, (who spit in thier face everyday they go to work and push the line).

    I HAVE A RIGHT. I DON’T HAVE TO GO THROUGH THOSE SCANNERS. GOING THROUGH THEM IS SAYING THAT I AM GIVING UP. THAT I AM NOT GOING TO KEEP UP THE FIGHT FOR LAW AND JUSTICE IN MY LAND. THAT I AM NOT GOING TO STRIVE SO THAT MY CHILREN CAN LIVE IN A FREE NATION LIKE I NEVER GOT TO. I AM NOT GOING TO STAND BY AND LET THIS HAPPEN. I AM GOING TO FIGHT BECAUSE THAT IS THE ONLY WAY TO GET ANYTHING DONE. NOTHING GOOD COMES WITHOUT A FIGHT. YOU THINK THIS CAUSE IS DEAD? WELL, IN THE GREAT WORDS OF Mr. SMITH, THE ONLY GOOD CAUSE IS DEAD ONE. SO, WHOSE WITH ME? WILL YOU FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT? WILL YOU STAND UP TO THOSE WHO BREAK THE LAW NO MATTER WHAT THEY THROW AT YOU?

    IF YOU WILL, WE APPLAUD YOU.


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