The country has been coming to a slow boil over TSA screening measures. What’s disturbing is the TSA keeps lying to us.
It started with introducing what are now being called “naked body scanners.” At first we were told that they didn’t violate privacy because you couldn’t make out people’s genitalia. Well, that turned out to not be true. We were then told that the images wouldn’t be stored. Also not true. We were assured that the radiation was harmless, but now we’re hearing reports that is also a lie.
Now we’re getting reports that if you elect to opt-out of these scanning machines that you get an aggressive full-body pat-down that includes private areas of your body, and if you fuss over it, you may get handcuffed to the chair, like talk show host Meg McLain.
I read the comments on blogs of people responding to this, and they get angry. Some threaten not to fly. “Hit them in the wallet!” threatened one post. “Don’t fly.”
Think, people, think! It’s not the airlines who are doing this. They are also victims. Pilots and flight attendants are joining the protest. Don’t you remember, back in 2001, just after 9/11, Congress voted to nationalize airline security? We were told the government could do it better, and putting security agents under the authority of the new Department of Homeland Security would make them more professional, blah, blah, blah. These people are paid by our tax dollars. They could care less if you fly – they’ll still get paid. The TSA is part of the Department of Homeland Security. Their boss is Janet Napolitano. And she was appointed by none other than our adorable agent of hope and change, Barack Obama himself, and confirmed by our ever-vigilant Senate where they so try to look out for us.
The way these TSA agents are behaving is a lesson in human nature and in politics that I wish more people would learn, remember, and generalize about. People like authority. There is someone at the Department of Homeland Security that I’m sure gets a thrill everytime he or she thinks, “I’m the person who decreed that you have to put all your liquids that you carry onto the plane into a one-quart plastic zip-lock bag, and in bottles of three ounces or less.” Everyone in the country now has to do that. I’m confident they get a thrill out of that. And then these agents. They snap their fingers and point, and you have to follow where they point. They pull you aside for a naked body scan and you have to do it. They pat you down and squeeze and twist your breasts, and you just have to take it. (Listen to Meg McLain’s account on YouTube.)
Think clearly people, and learn. This is just human nature. Our founders were so wise when they mapped out this scheme of limited federal government. We have gone astray by creating this massive, out-of-control bureaucracy. To be effective against this, you need to protest the encroachment of government power wherever you find it, and elect people who are firmly committed to limiting it. Government encroachment, whether it is in the form of burgeoning bureaucracies, over-regulation of business, confiscatory taxation, judicial activism, or whatever form it takes, it’s all part of the same, elitist, “let us take care of you” mentality.