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What TSA full body scanners, searches and patdowns are really all about

The TSA and all relevant officials tell us that they’re really for our own protection. But are they? In truth, the searches have virtually nothing to do with increased airport security.

Several years ago, my four year-old daughter was pulled aside in one such screening because she happened to be the Nth person in the line to go through security. Though she was traveling with me, her mother, and sister, she was subjected to 40 minutes of terrifying interrogations and inspections of all her personal effects. The startling part of it was the mindlessness of it all.

Today, it is no longer mindless. It is part of a sustained campaign to condition the American public to being humiliated by government officials in the name of national security.

Physical humiliation of the subject is the first act that an interrogator performs on a victim. You can see this in the pictures from Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. The prisoners were made to perform all manner of humiliating acts: wear women’s underwear on their heads; masturbate in front of female guards; pile onto one another naked; submit to rape by their guards; etc.

The humiliation destroys a prisoner’s dignity. It is from his innate sense of dignity that a person finds the indignation, and therefore the capacity, to resist abuse. It is our dignity that the TSA and the government must strip from us if they wish to reduce our capacity to resist their aggressive encroachments on our civil liberties. And it’s working.

This is what makes an effective authoritarian state self-policing, as was Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. Resistance to abuse is a prima facia sign of guilt.

[Excerpt of article by Robert Freeman, CommonDreams]

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2 Responses to “What TSA full body scanners, searches and patdowns are really all about”

  1. I`M NOT THINKING ABOUT EGO`S ANYMORE BUT RATHER ABOUT HOW MANY MUSLIM`S HAVE BEEN CAUGHT TRYING TO LOAD BOMBS INTO OUR AIRLINES. AND NOW WE ARE SCREENING MORE PACKAGES INTO U.S. AIRTRAVEL TOO. IT MAY BE A NAZI SECURITY WAY OF SCREEINGOUT THE REAL NAZI`S BUT IT WORKS. WE DONT KNOW HOW WELL TILL WE QUIT DOING THIS AND ANOTHER PLANE BLOWSUP!

  2. […] Court to uphold TSA’s current practices. This would leave only Congress to put a stop to these outrageous, privacy-invasive and unconstitutional searches by the federal […]


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