Wednesday, November 17, 2010
When airport screening for terrorists offends and alienates American citizens it is time to rethink procedures. I surely agree that we need security. What the government is doing now is not giving us that security. Yes they are groping nuns and little children. What will be next: cavity searches? Notice what happens if you refuse to be groped or scanned; you are subject to civil prosecution and fines up to $10,000.00 dollars. Excuse me? Big Sis says it’s okay though and that the body scans are safe. Thank you big sis.
Meanwhile, millions of illegals from every nation on earth are streaming across our borders. Some carry weapons, drugs, water, or clothing. Regardless they all pass unchecked. These people are not all Mexicans. They come from every nation under heaven and include some of the most violent people on earth. We know that Muslim extremists congregate at our southern border but your granny is in her stocking feet in the airport. The government that is restricting you freedoms in airports is granting them to those who sneak into our country illegally; even with their blessing it would appear. For some reason this just doesn’t seem about safety anymore.
Something else that bothers me is the slippery slope that our liberties are undergoing. Right now body scanners and pat downs are in airports. How long before they decide they belong elsewhere: train stations, bus stations, and random stops and anywhere else they think they need to put them. Who is to stop them? You? I don’t think so. As it is now they do as they wish no matter what you think. As I understand it, TSA has portable scanning equipment ready to deploy at will.
While there is no question that we all desire airport security; it seems that this may not be about security. Surely there are many things that can be done that don’t involve invading our personal space. I realize for every argument against these tactics can bring an equally strong argument in favor of them. As for me, my flying days are over until this issue gets resolved. I don’t think I am alone in that. And yes I do have something to hide: my naked body. I wear clothes for a reason and my modesty is not false. I would just as soon strip naked in the line and lift up my own junk as to have someone staring at me through some machine or touching me.
Now it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to speculate what might be next: body cavity searches. Logically it follows. Soon we will all be like prisoners in our own country, subject to random searches and scans because a government bureaucracy thinks it has the right to. When I think back of government absurdities throughout history they always started within reasonableness and became progressively extreme as the people became tolerant.
This issue will not be resolved here and maybe not even soon. I guess the good news is that the program must be working as we have not found explosive on a single person using our current strategies.