TSA scanners
TSA scanners

hat tip the market ticker

The TSA, what can you say? First the background:

America long ago decided the police do not have the grounds to randomly stop and search you. But the TSA, now they do. They man machines that take pictures of what you look like under your clothes. Machines you have to pass through before boarding a airplane, or you get groped. If you do not want to be groped or have your naked body photographed, you cop a $10,000 fine.

Ron Paul sums it up well here

The results of the strip search machines include how many instances of:

  • A distressed three year old girl getting felt up in this video

This year, after who knows how many gropes and nude pictures, the TSA found 130 prohibited items. That’s prohibited, not terrorist. I kid you not:

“This year alone, the use of advanced imaging technology has led to the detection of over 130 prohibited, illegal or dangerous items,” TSA spokesman Greg Soule told FoxNews.com. The TSA would not disclose exactly what those items were, but it said they included weapons like ceramic knives and various drugs — including a syringe filled with heroin hidden in a passenger’s underwear.

The market ticker points out:

The TSA won’t disclose of the 130 items found “this year” how many were weapons, what sort of weapons (or explosives), whether any were actually dangerous devices intended to be used to terrorize and exactly what they were so we can determine if a metal detector would have picked them up. One is therefore free to believe (and it is in fact probably true) that all, or essentially all, were things like nail files, knitting needles and drugs – none of which have anything to do with airline safety, and all of them – or effectively all, sans the drugs (which aren’t dangerous to the plane) would have been caught by a metal detector.

And yes, this includes ceramic knives, which tend to have metal added, often to the handle, to the handle to make them detectible.

Most of the people working from the TSA are probably decent. But you know what they say about one bad apple, and there is a bad one

Shanahan, a Transportation Security Administration employee at Logan Airport is being sought in connection with child rape case

Makes you wonder if this was his PC:

In case you can’t see picture on the screen:

hat tip the market ticker

Well if you have a tax cheat as your chief tax collector, why not have a suspected child rapist charged with your security? Is it just me or could this simply be a sign of moral decay, yet another cultural intangible being trashed.

Never mind, they can outsource it:

In Florida, the Orlando Sanford Airport, which handles 2 million passengers a year, now plans to replace “testy” Transportation Security Administration screeners with private contractors.

hat tip the market ticker

They don’t get it. It is not the people. It is the groping and stripping. They need a new way to keep travel safe. If that includes identifying the common characteristic of the terrorists, their religion, then so be it. You can’t turn your whole country into a prison to avoid facing reality, to avoid admitting why some people want to kill you.

As Benjamin Franklin said:

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.

Rest assured, unless you start saying “Enough is enough, I want my freedom back” you will have neither safety nor liberty. The government knows how to work the slippery slope.

First they kill an American with impunity, next they demand the rite to sexually assault any who wish to travel. Initially by air, but then by coach, train, car or on foot. Remember, human nature is not all good. Circumstances can corrupt even the best of us. Not least here, here, or  here.

At the least, try and ensure the fourth turning is for good not ill.

Remember as with people, so with rights:

They came first for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for me
and by that time no one was left to speak up.

On a lighter note, sit back and listen to Comply with me. Hat tip Boing Boing

Best be quick, before the Government starts removing domains it does not like. Hat tip Thought Mesh


Boing Boing have linked to a  vidoe of a sycophantic report of the TSA at work at the Greyhound bus station posted by Reason.com:

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