Wednesday, November 24, 2010

TSA Comment

I'm watching the news this morning, and of course we're getting travel updates out of O'Hare, it being the day before Thanksgiving and all. This year, there's a lot of talk about the TSA patdowns and full body scanners. I haven't been commenting on this because I've been reading about it everywhere and, since I never travel, everyone else's impression is probably better than mine. Yes, I have a very negative opinion of airport security right now, but so do a lot of people, and mine's not really unique.

I will say this, though: I'm seeing a lot of people interviewed on the news this morning who are quite clearly bending over backwards to say that the TSA has the right to do whatever they want. But when you look in the eyes of these people, they seem nervous. Like, if they don't seem happy to submit to whatever authority wants, they're going to get in trouble somehow. And that really bothers me. It's bad enough we're turning this country into some kind of soviet, with secret police and permission papers and random security checks. But when you keep submitting to violations of your person, you're telling your government you have no problem with this happening. It's not the right of the TSA to do this to you just because they tell you it's their right; and it's pathetic to watch this country give up more and more of its privacy and freedom because there's a small chance that a fairly rare occurrence might be stopped. Honestly, tell me how many terrorists the TSA has come across. None.

All I know for sure is this: if these same citizens, cowed into not making waves for fear of appearing sympathetic to terrorists, had gone to a foreign country and were told that they wouldn't be allowed to travel without being bathed in cancer rays and photographed in the nude, and then were told that by not submitting to the nude photography they were to be subjected to molestation by a security agent, they would be screaming for the US to do something about this violation. But because this is America and the word "security" gets thrown around, here it's okay.

Have fun traveling today.


Roger Owen Green said...

I'm taking the train. Seriously.

I'm afraid that some of those travelers are willing to bend over backwards, possibly literally, in the face of "authority" for the appearance of security. Or maybe it's just the $11,000 fine they're afraid of.

Kal said...

Instead of really protecting travellers, a lot of money is spent on the ILLUSION of security. Nations like Israel use personal interviews to ferret out the ones that require additional screanings and they have a high sucess rate of safety in one of the most dangerous places in the world. Like anything else in North Am these days, fear has replaced common sense because those in power need a bogeyman to rail against. Often it's our own officials that need to be regulated and watched because unregulated greed has more to do with destroying the economy than some bad of middle eastern maniacs ever will. It`s true that we are doing the terrorist`s jobs for them.

MC said...

Well, when it rains it pours. From what I am reading, apparently they want to bring this equipment and those procedures to the passenger rail and bus networks as well.