Thursday, April 28, 2011

We have passed ridiculous

What is the point of these new security policies?

a) these machines are dangerous
b) they are easily defeated
c) Yes, the images are saved and some have been leaked, despite saying the opposite officially
d) TSA agents are NOT using the same set of rules per airport/per person/per situation
e) many citizens (we are still a democracy right?) do not want these intrusions pushed onto us

There are certain lines in the sand that I cannot be ok with. Having a 6 year old girl being molested by a public "official" in the concourse of an airport is never ok. Its called common sense. This has to stop and has to stop now. Using "public safety" and "times have changed" are ridiculous excuses when other parts of government public safety policies use outdated laws to ALSO infringe on the freedoms of law-abiding innocent U.S. citizens. I know stories of Baywatch babes, and beauty pageant queens grab the headlines but for every one of them, there is a normal person who had their boobs pulled out by a TSA agent, a person who had their uroscopy bag popped and or a little boy strip searched in the middle of an airport.

The fact is there are holes in their screening process, both in hiring and in scanning airline passengers but that refuses to be addressed. Why do a thorough background check when you can spend $10G's on another tax-funded body scanner? Lobbyists are NOT security experts, profilers are.

"Any society that would give up their liberty to obtain temporary security deserves neither and loses both" 
-Benjamin Franklin

How is this legal but profiling (generally) isn't? This is as much a local issue as it is a state and federal one. Each airport has the right to institute non-TSA security procedures.

*Update - 25 year old pregnant teacher, singled out, not given an option for a scan/search and groped by TSA agent at Knoxville airport

As Rep. David Simpson told The Raw Story, "If we don't nip this thing in the bud it's gonna come to our sidewalks, to our football games. The DHS was considering as recent as five years ago doing covert scanning of the public, but they've denied pursuing that any further. That they would consider it shows they have no regard for the Fourth 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."
-4th Amendment, United States Constitution

Write to congress about your thoughts on the issue ->
Senate ->
White House ->
Dept of Homeland Security ->
Speaker of the House ->
Senate Majority Leader ->
Your Governor ->
Your Mayor ->

Source ->
"Even if these rules once made sense, they are woefully outdated today,"

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