The growing anger and boycotts are only going to grow regarding the TSA and Homeland Security's policy of body scan imaging. Lawsuits filed against the TSA are only growing, including one filed by EPIC, the Electronic Privacy Information Center. A growing number of Senators, privacy groups, and watchdogs like Ralph Nader continue to plea for the program to end and support EPIC and other motions for immediate stays.
Once again, this is an end that we allowed by justifying the means. Since 9/11 there has been a continued assault on the very freedoms we all so naively salute and scream when protesting against tax hikes or Washington in our doctors office. We stood by and not only watched, but reelected those who passed the Patriot Act on us. History records Abraham Lincoln as a criminal for repealing Habeas Corpus during the Civil War, but the people overwhelming gave a pass to a new generation of government that did the same. George W. Bush and the same Congress who violated the Constitution where reelected and the Democrats who won in 2006 voted with the ruling class in keeping the Patriot Act alive.
In the weeks, months, and years following those terrorist attacks we sat idly by like the toad in a pot of water, and let our government slowly add the flame. We gladly removed our shoes and proudly ran them through surveillance, or told our children or grandma to wait if they needed a drink. Heaven forbid we were making a short emergency flight to family with just a bag and toiletries and met the full criteria of red level risk. Sure it all got tiresome after a while and seem trivial when we saw the thousands simply walking across our borders, or the news of terror suspects passing as illegal Mexicans to gain access to our system. But we just endured because it was necessary for protection, and after all how could this infringement be illegal with such a noble patriotic name?
Over the past decade we have repeatedly been shown there is no improvement in our agencies ability to use our forfeit of freedoms for the better good. While we accept being randomly searched and pulled aside for simply being number 8, real threats make it to the plane and are discovered only when their plot fails of its own weakness. How many times do we hear of those finally apprehended after many test runs or being on the top most watched lists and slipping by repeatedly? This recent white out of our Bill of Rights should not be a surprise or met with a new anger. We not only fed the rabid attack dog, we let him into our homes. It is our fear that gave its teeth the power to bite and our complacency that released it from its chain.
The Fourth Amendment prevents illegal search and seizure. This simple wording alone is enough to repeal these image machines, pat downs, ridiculous practice of removing our shoes, and Patriot Act. Throw into the mix violations of Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the Privacy Act and bogus injury cases have won record settlements with less precedent on their side. Already YouTube and other public video channels are touting full color nude images enhanced from TSA body scanners though we are told all images are not stored. Women of all cultures and walks of life are now apprehensive and feel violated by the mere thought of their nude form in public view.
A dentist must protect your private areas with a lead apron even for simple x ray films of your teeth. The vast majority of all x ray imaging machines operate on much lower levels of radiation than in previous times. It behooves doctors and agents to protect their patients even at the most minute of risks. The same basic protection is deemed unnecessary by our guard dogs, and in fact would be against the entire point. Every individual is unique in their response to radiation and now must debate health over the desire to travel by air.
In what appears to be a new found voice in the new revolution of our political structure, we need to continue to stand firm and hard against this pointless invasion of our liberty. Perhaps if at least one, just one criminal where off the streets due to the heroic efforts of the TSA, we may offer a little forgiveness and just mumble to ourselves for the delay. If perhaps we knew there where real profiles being sought out and not just random numbers called, or grandma or baby Jake being called out to show racial equality in our threats.
Maybe when we must report our loved ones lost because they refused to submit and were taken away under that noble Patriot Act. Held without reason violating a law that itself voids the document it draws upon for protection. May we continue to have strength in cause when we are questioned in our homes at night, for an email or phone call we made privately moments ago. Now is the time to continue our protest of Washington to new leaders that this progression end and the Patriot Act go away. For now they are working within their law that we allowed to pass.
Sure there are dangers out there and those who want us dead. It is not a simpler time or peaceful world and we should not fool ourselves with fairy tales.
"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." Benjamin Franklin, 1759.
Those words still resonate today. Inconvenience is trivial and not worth the risks rebellion can raise. Intrusions are dangerous and must be kept at bay. Theft of our liberty and freedom is criminal and must be answered so.
The TSA has never, not once stopped or prevented a terrorist attack or threat. In addition to the numerous charges of personal assault or inappropriate fondling by their screening agents, the agency itself gave clearance to over 30 illegal aliens to take flight training.
In Stow, Massachusetts, the aliens (some with expired visas just like the terrorist hijackers) cleared Homeland Security's background check. This same background check is responsible for clearing pedophiles like Sean Shanahan at Logan airport, and allowed Central American and Mexican illegal aliens to work at Stewart International Airport, 60 miles north of New York City. Homeland Security and the TSA did not catch these risks, watchdogs and reporters did. Each time a new "assessment of the system" was promised by our government.
It is the busy leisure travel time and its a limping economy. If you can avoid traveling by air, you should do so. We have seen in the past that Washington responds to industry long before it listens to us. Perhaps the solvency of every airline would gain the attention of the President's ear since they now believe it is their requirement to create jobs.
I am one who will not travel by air anytime soon, and I do not adhere to the "if your not hiding anything you should not care" train of thought. No group or government can guarantee my security or protection from the entire world at large. Nor is that entity allowed to take from me my privacy without a reasonable and legal cause.
EPIC - http://epic.org/privacy/body_scanners/epic_v_dhs_suspension_of_body.html