TSA and the constant assaults on our liberties

While we sit down on our couches and watch the news, we can be fairly certain that the government is assaulting our liberties probably every time they convene in Washington D.C.  The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which is a part of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) which was authorized under the Patriot Act takes it to whole new levels almost daily.

Not only do they pat you down & search your bags, but people don’t understand that the mere existence of TSA is stifling business throughout the entire airport.  Whether it be for the airlines or the companies that operate out of the airport that sell merchandise, I’m sure profits have declined drastically since the TSA has taken over the reigns of security checks.

You have probably seen stories popping up about the naked body scanners and the pat downs which equate to sexual assault if you opt-out of the scanners.  Not only  are the scanners degrading & bad for your health, but they’re unconstitutional per the 4th amendment:

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.

Here are some of the more recent headlines relating to the current issues with the TSA:
TSA Encounter at San Diego international airport
TSA fondles women and children who refuse naked body scanner
Meg McClain is harassed, has her ticket ripped up and gets hand cuffed to the chair
Pilot refuses full-body scan

Useful sites about opting-out of the naked body scanners and groping:
We won’t fly
Don’t Scan Us

Health risks by going through the naked body scanners:
Scientist says naked body scanners may be unsafe
Health risks of naked body scanners

as the saying goes: “give someone an inch and they’ll take a mile.”  that sure does seem to fit with the government’s constant assault on our liberties.

It’s about time we STAND UP for our rights and demand liberty.  If we allow a government agency to sexually assault us and look at photos of us in the nude, then they’ll never stop becoming more obtrusive.

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4 Responses to TSA and the constant assaults on our liberties

  1. Dan G says:

    Given the current political climate, I fear the Government’s solution to this mess will be to give the airlines a bailout or nationalise them.

    I hope I’m wrong.

  2. Andrew Shemo says:

    Dan,

    the airlines have already been bailed out under President Bush.

    http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=11047

  3. Matt Chamberlain says:

    What bothers me the most about this whole thing isnt the TSA employees themselves, but the fact that the American people are ok with this. Im going to share a comment I saw on another article written, supposedly by a TSA agent.

    “we are the law and you need to obey it…sorry this is after 9/11 reality. Soon there will be no choices and you will all be through the scanner which is best for all. If you chose to fly just follow our orders with few questions and there is not a problem. We are here for your safety. ”

    We are the government and we are here to help.

    Here I thought they were mere government agents, representing our government. Meaning the operate UNDER the law, they dont represent the law itself, they are not the law. They arent above it. They are subject to it. Of course the constitution, its bill of rights, and the amendments after it are all above the law. The wonderful fourth amendment being one of those.

    I am not a criminal. I am not a suspected criminal either. So what reason does an innocent man have for being searched? Where is the reasonable suspicion? What probable cause do these people provide to single them out as possibly dangerous? This is like being searched before going to prison. Innocent men and women treated like criminals just to travel. This is not right, its glaringly wrong. Yet America bends over and takes it, literally, and shouts down those who protest and “holds up the line”.

    Maybe we deserve this for our complacency.

  4. Andrew Dymond says:

    If Delta, American Airlines, or Southwest were to set these things up at their gates and require passengers to comply I would argue in support of their right to do so. Not because I think security theater is useful, but because as a business providing a service they have the right to dictate the terms a consumer must accept to enter into the voluntary contract with them.

    In the current situation the airlines are forced to comply with a governmental mandate that they airport security be set up as such. You either get irradiated or groped in an effort to search my person without reasonable articulable (sp?) suspicion.

    What frightens me most though is how many Americans are willing to give up essential liberties for the appearance of security.

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