Yeah, I’m Pissed AND On A Soap Box

Unless you are living in a remote desert valley, or have your head in the sand, I’m sure you’ve heard SOMETHING about the controversial new TSA procedures… full body scans and pat-downs, which include an “open palm” swipe of the genitals. One of the big stories in the news is the little boy who was subjected to a pat down. And of the 60-something grandma who got a scan AND pat-down. And thousands of others who aren’t feeling so safe after their TSA security experiences.

I’m not going get into to many stories of what has happened, but I feel strongly about a couple of things surrounding these issues. First, the whole “no profiling” thing… it’s complete and utter crap! 6-year-old children do not commit terrorist acts on airlines. 80-year-old grandmother’s do not stab people in the jugular with their knitting needles. Mothers traveling alone with their 3 children, juggling a car seat and diaper bag, don’t go on the attack with a box cutter. Maybe it’s a good idea to focus on actual possible (probable) threats rather than searching and sexually assulting the Mother Teresa’s and Grandpa Joe’s in this world, just to appear unbiased and politically correct.

I understand the need for security, but the question is, do these actions really keep us safe? The funny thing is that it seems like we are taking actions based on the fear of what MIGHT happen rather than realities of things that have actually happened. When my hubby took a kiddo for a date night last week, he was frustrated when they were late because of the back up caused by the newly added metal detectors. What happened to cause such a step-up in security? My guess is nothing, other than a fear of liability. It’s a fine line between protection and violation of rights.

That is my second and ultimately biggest issue with the new TSA policies. Forcing “customers” to subject themselves to a scan which bathes them in radiation and takes essentially nude pictures of them is wrong. Forcing patrons to submit to a pat down in which a complete strangers touches every part of their body, including their genitals, is wrong. It’s ethically wrong. It’s socially wrong. And as an American, it is a violation of our Constitutional rights. The Fourth Amendment states the following:

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.

I’m not sure it could be more clear, and I don’t know how anyone can argue that our rights are not being violated. But we’ve become so accustomed to doing what we’re told as to not rock the boat that we’ve allowed the rights that this country was built on to be compromised. The scary thing to me is that it is such a slow process, I think that most of us don’t even realize that what is happening… kind of like the frog in the frying pan idea.

You can argue that as the level of threats increase, security must follow suit. The problem is, when that “safety” compromises our rights as human beings, to me that seems a little counterproductive. Where does it end? In 10 years, will body cavity searches be a normal part of flying to Disneyland? You may laugh, but 20 years ago, I guarantee you that what has now become the standard would have seemed shocking and unacceptable then. We literally send people to jail for doing to strangers what is happening at our airport security. So it’s OK to have your body violated as long as it’s mandated by “the man”? Getting groped is OK as long as it’s done in the name of safety?

There is a quote by a guy I like, Thomas Jefferson. He said, “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty”. I’m all for evolution and adaptation, but the direction this country is going is not only NOT what our forefathers had in mind, it’s down right scary.

Write your lawmakers and representatives. Or just spread ’em and enjoy your molestation before your next flight.

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One Comment on “Yeah, I’m Pissed AND On A Soap Box”

  1. erica Says:

    THIS is why I don’t travel. Forget that I have 3 kids ages 6 and under. Forget that it’s expensive as all get out just to cross state borders. This would be a nightmare. If I ever go outside my 50-mile radius ever again, I think I’ll just pack up the car and drive. Well-written.


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