I am so furious about this TSA screening crap that I can hardly speak. Does the 4th Amendment ring a bell to anyone?
“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.”
Which part of this screening is “reasonable?” Let me ask you, how many of the following people have tried to blow up a plane: a businessman, a black woman, an elderly man, elderly woman, an Hispanic, a nun, toddler, 6 year old, white couple on vacation, person in a wheelchair, etc.? Based on historical data, we kinda have a good idea who these people are and what they look like, so why are we harassing all the others without good reason? It is extremely troubling to me that our “land of the free and home of the brave” is becoming a nesting place of overreaching government authority over compliant, cowardly weaklings. I certainly hope we can correct this soon!
My man Charles Krauthammer has an excellent article about the TSA foolishness. In the article, he refers to the John Tyner “Don’t touch my junk” incident. You can read John’s account here on his blog.
I like Kraut’s assessment that the cry, “Don’t touch my junk” is equivalent to the 18th century, “Don’t Tread on Me,” a phrase recently associated with the Tea Party movement.
More airport security madness links:
A flight attendant of 32 years and breast cancer survivor was patted down aggressively, then forced to remove and show her breast prosthesis.
Redstate has an incredible story about one of our military men returning from Afghanistan with a plane load of soldiers carrying their unloaded rifles and pistols. TSA forced one of the soldiers to surrender his nail clippers–because they could be used as a weapon, you know.
The worst of all this is the effect it has on children. How in the world to do you explain to a child that it’s ok for a stranger to touch her after years of teaching her otherwise?
You can count on those quirky Asian folks at Next Media Animation to create an amusing animation about the hubbub: