Random Hate: The TSA (Transportation Security Administration)

Today, I’m going to target the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) for my rant.
Pardon me beforehand, because I tend to trail off when I rant. So, my posts may be unorganized and maybe downright insane.

Here we go:

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

Citizens of the United States have become lazy and complacent. Of course this has been happening for a long time now, however since September 11th we accelerated the process and have gone completely fucking mad.

So now, to fly, you have the choice between Backscatter full-body scans, or an “enhanced” pat-down. The Full-Body scans show detailed images of your entire naked body to the machine operator. Enhanced pat-downs are basically sexual assault. If you wear baggy clothing, the TSA screener actually puts their hands INSIDE your clothing and feels against your skin.  They feel your genitals as well. Oh, and they’re not using the backs of their hands. The screeners are using the fronts, palms and fingers, to do the searching.

Lets look at the requirements for being a screener.
http://usgovinfo.about.com/bljobtsa.htm

Requirements: All candidates for Transportation Security Screener must have:

     

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship
  • High school diploma, GED or equivalent; OR
  • At least one year of full-time work experience in security work or aviation screener work; or with x-ray technician work.
  •  

So, we’re going to allow someone, with no qualification, some random person to see us completely nude, or grope our genitals? For what, a little temporary safety? What safety? The TSA hasn’t stopped a single terrorist attack.

And should you manage to get through the first part of the screening, but decide to back out? The TSA threatens you with arrest and a $11,000 fine. They claim this is to deter terrorists from backing out once they’ve begun the screening. So, we’re to believe that a “terrorist” who plans to die would be scared of a fine in a country they don’t live in?

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/walking-airport-security-lead-11000-fine/story?id=12215171

Enough about that. Instead, lets talk about Michael Chertoff.
Chertoff is the 2nd Secretary of Homeland Security. Chertoff is also the co-author of The Patriot Act. After leaving his glorious post in the US Government, he co-founded The Chertoff Group, a security consultant group.

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Michael_Chertoff
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Chertoff

Taken from Wikipedia: “Chertoff has been an advocate of full body scanners at airports. In 2010 it emerged that Rapiscan Systems, a manufacturer of this technology, was a client of his security consulting firm, the Chertoff Group.”
http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2010/01/02/group_slams_chertoff_on_scanner_promotion/

So here, we have a man heading the security of our nation, who obviously just wants to line his pockets at the expense of the citizens. Just being a co-author of the Patriot Act makes this man a bastard. However he takes it much further, and wants you to submit to more blatant violations of the 4th amendment of the United States Constitution.

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Now that you have an idea of what the Top Dog is like, let’s go back to the peons.

TSA uses “enhanced” pat-down on young boy:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSQTz1bccL4

This is being called a strip search, but it’s really not. According to the description of the video it was the father who removed the boy’s shirt in frustration.

“Lets get the facts straight first. Before the video started the boy went through a metal detector and didn’t set it off but was selected for a pat down. The boy was shy so the TSA couldn’t complete the full pat on the young boy. The father tried several times to just hold the boys arms out for the TSA agent but i guess it didn’t end up being enough for the guy. I was about 30 ft away so i couldn’t hear their conversation if there was any. The enraged father pulled his son shirt off and gave it to the TSA agent to search, thats when this video begins. ”

TSA screener exposes womans breasts, other screeners joke about it:
http://gizmodo.com/5692583/woman-suing-federal-government-after-tsa-screener-exposed-her-breasts-to-entire-airport

This one is a bit old, but obviously relevant. A woman had her breasts exposed to the entire airport, and other screeners joke about missing it, and how they’ll just watch the security footage later. Sickening.

TSA humiliates breast cancer survivor, requires her to remove prosthetic breast for screening: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/11/19/national/main7070415.shtml

TSA left man humiliated, crying and covered with his own urine after an enhanced pat-down: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40291856/ns/travel-news

TSA pat-down on 3 year old girl: http://www.nydailynews.com/travel/2010/11/17/2010-11-17_stop_touching_me_tsas_security_patdown_of_3yearold_girl_caught_on_camera_.html

Also a bit old, but still relevant.

TSA behavior detection officer kidnaps, rapes woman before attempting suicide: http://www.boingboing.net/2010/11/23/tsa-behavior-detecti-1.html

Over and over again, we allow strangers to violate our persons and property just so we can fly somewhere. Do you see what I mean when I say US citizens have become lazy and complacent?
Stand up for yourself and your rights! Nobody is going to do it for you.

Opt out of the full-body scans! Refuse to be groped! If you do not consent to a search it is unlawful for the screener to put their hands on you without a warrant! Read the article I’m linking below, it can be done!

http://noblasters.com/post/1650102322/my-tsa-encounter

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