Skip to comments.Napolitano to American Travelers:
Posted on 11/16/2010 6:55:00 AM PST by Kaslin
Time was that telling a government agent not to "touch my junk" was so obvious that citizens didn't need to bother. Thanks to Janet Napolitano, now we have government agents groping nuns and taking naked pictures of the rest of us.
The combination of arrogance, malevolence, and incompetence that has come to define the Obama administration seems to have found a permanent poster girl atop the Department of Homeland Security. DHS and its big government spawn, the Transportation Security Administration, have come under fire lately for insane policies that are literally jokes outside the U.S. If you don’t believe me, take off your shoes as you await security scanning in, say, Japan, and watch the normally stoic Japanese security guards double over laughing at you.
These policies of photographically scanning us down to our skins and touching us in ways that trigger our Stranger Danger reflex really do nothing to make us more secure. They haven’t stopped any known attempts to blow up any airplane anywhere. They don’t put true terrorists off balance. The last couple of would-be bombers, like the Ft. Hood jihadist mass murderer, had all the data points that made them worthy of a global terror watch list, but because we don’t do that sort of thing effectively, they still get to get on their planes or get ahold of weapons and even get promoted in the U.S. military. And meanwhile, we’re having TSA agents grope nuns. Seriously.
While Sister Mary Elizabeth either digitally kicks the habit or feels the fickle hand of Uncle Sam or Aunt Samantha up close and personal, Johnny Jihad with the Yemeni passport stamped with Pakistani, Afghan, and Syrian stops on his journey of self-discovery puts on his shoes and chuckles merrily and unmolested toward gate C-4.
Americans are rightly offended at all this. This not only violates our physical space, it insults our intelligence. Common sense says, if you have folks who are up to no good and they tend to fit a certain make and model, then you use those specifications to detect them and stop them. But because the “p” word — “profile” — has become a political four-letter word, we can’t go there.
Pretty soon we won’t be going anywhere. Travelers are starting to revolt against the DHS’ offensive and malignant stupidity. The latest rebel is John Tyner, the mild-mannered man who told TSA agents that violating his personal space would bring about legal repercussions.
Well, that’s not quite how he said it. He said it a little more pithily: “If you touch my junk, I’ll have you arrested.” Time was, such a thing was so obvious that one seldom if ever needed to say it in public. Those times are gone and now we’re showing the digital peep shows and public gropes on CNN, in what may be the most twisted version of Andy Warhol’s 15 minutes of fame yet.
One wonders what would have happened if the nun pictured above would have issued the warning about touching the chaste junk. Or the three-year-old girl whose body search was captured on video. “Now Sally, I’m a government agent so it’s ok. Mommy and Daddy’s tax dollars pay me to touch your junk.”
Trying to defend the indefensible, Homeland Secretary chief Janet Napolitano, last seen laughing at the governor of Texas for wanting his state’s border with drug war-torn Mexico secured, took to the pages of USA Today. Napolitano insists that the body scan machines are “safe,” and that the pat-downs are “discreet.”
Neither is an argument that they’re either “necessary” or “effective.” And neither is an argument that they’re the best tools we have available.
The best tools we have available will remain in the drawer while the tools of TSA grope granny. We should be 1) arming the pilots to fend off attack; 2) profiling to detect and stop terrorists without hassling the 99.9999999% of travelers who are just trying to get from somewhere to elsewhere; 3) ramping up more public use of air marshals; and 4) helping other countries beef up their own security to match our own, so that fellows like the panty bomber and the shoe bomber can’t get on a plane in the first place.
There are signs that the airlines themselves are aware that the strip and grope is a threat to their bottom lines. One pilots’ union is criticizing the TSA’s rules, slamming the increased scrutiny of pilots and air crew personnel as unnecessary and unacceptable. They’re right but that only covers the airline crews, not the passengers who ultimately pay the bills. And in any case, the pilots’ unions wasn’t there at the beginning of the workers’ struggle alongside Chicago ACORN, the Midwest Academy and the SEIU, so there’s little reason to hope that they’ll ever get the Obama administration’s ear. Perhaps if they’d been funding the Chicago Annenberg Challenge back in Bill Ayers’ day, they would have a seat at the table now.
Eventually this will cause Americans to abandon airline travel except when it’s absolutely necessary for their economic survival. Napolitano seems entirely unconcerned with that, to the point that it’s tempting to put on the conspiracy theory hat and wonder in whispers whether that’s part of the game plan: Make air travel so onerous and unacceptable that the airlines need another bailout, which they’ll get, along with a total federal takeover. The failing and consumed airlines get at least a temporary competitive advantage over thriving, non-unionized airlines like Southwest that won’t need or want the bailout, but might continue objecting to the bodily invasions by the DHS because it annoys passengers and costs them money. With an administration that’s already treating the country like its own personal Monopoly board, to the point of making play money out of King Dollar through the QE2, and headed by folks who’ve never been ones to let a good crisis go to waste, it’s not as if there’s no precedent or reason for suspicion. I mean, it’s not like they lied about whether those body scanners can save and store images of you in your radiated birthday suit.
But in the end, Napolitano’s stance probably is mostly due to incompetence. Janet Napolitano has no real experience in security. Her rise to power within the Democratic Party came about during the Democrats’ high-tech lynching of Clarence Thomas. For that, she ended up failing upwards into a governorship and Obama tapped her to fail upwards again to head up DHS. That’s the Obama way: reward party hacks and left-wing allies without any regard whatsoever for whether they can actually do the job assigned. That’s how we end up where we are, with folks like Napolitano making a laughing stock of America abroad while abusing American citizens here at home — and then telling us it’s for our own good.
...while Muslim women get a pass. Hear that terrorists?
We all need to call our Congressional reps on this.
But, she said, “if there are adjustments we need to make to these procedures as we move forward, we have an open ear. We will listen.”
She added that “if people want to travel by some other means,” they have that right.
WHEN WILL WE SEE POSTED an image of Madam Secretary taken by one of her own agency scanners? Or a public display of her underging an enhanced grope search by her own employees? Since that doesn't violate anyone’s privacy or anything....
Note to janet no brains nap a tilino
I ain’t flying until this policy is stopped.
The proper response to this is for Americans to boycott the airlines until this BS ceases.
Unfortunately too many working Americans depend heavily on air transport and there isn’t an expeditious alternative. The only way a boycott would work would be for an awful lot of people to be willing to make a very large and costly personal sacrifice, and there are too many travelers who are unwilling or unable to do so.
Unfortunately, at least for now, TSA literally has the American public by their short and curlies, and there is little to be done about it for the next couple of years. One of the lingering consequences of losing the 2008 elections.
Suspects. I'm always looking for suspects. I saw a few last night that will require a - a 'personal' interview.
Raphael Rafi Ron, ex director of security of Ben Gurion airport pointed out on Fox a couple days ago that the profiling and questioning they use there would have caught this guy in a heartbeat. But he got by Hong Kong security because they use the same stupid non-profiling tools we use here in the US.
The simple fact of the matter is, if a traveler is a muslim, he/she is a much higher security risk than others. Plain and simple. Ignoring this simple fact of life is going to kill a lot of Americans.
Falls in with...”DON’T TASE ME, BRO!”
Especially galling is the “professionalism” of the TSA personnel who are empowered to perform these intrusions. One moment they’re smokin’ and jokin’ and the next they’ve got their hands in your crotch.
This could be the tipping point that finally wakes up the apathetic to the dangers to our freedom posed by the Obama administration. They are serious, dedicated and not stupid (well, mostly). They must be stopped - while we still can. If the new Republican-dominated congress won’t act and is subsumed by the ‘Good Old Boy’ Washington D.C. political network, we’re totally screwed....and my optimism is waning.
I think this is a dual plan. Force and citizens to submit to Big Bro......AND ruin the airline industry.
I really think Anita Hill’s former attorney should go on national TV and undergo both procedures on live Television.
I asked him if he was trained in the groin grope and he said no, but that anyone that refuses should be put on the no fly list.
“The proper response to this is for Americans to boycott the airlines until this BS ceases.”
Actually, I think the proper response is to resist, document and post.
Only an overwhelming resistance from the public will change policies like this. Silence and avoidance will only encourage them.
The 3 year old in the video had it right. Kick and scream!
Janet Napolitano is a retarted moron. I never understood how Arizona voters elected her as Gov.
Laura Ingraham is hot on this one today.
Elect a "Barack Hussein Obama", a man who is neither American by birth or by life experience, and you get what you voted for.
The Kenyan Clown and his circus are certainly not concerned about the peons of these United States and their petty humiliations.
As long as the Kenyan usurper and his crew of moochers are first at the trough, they are happy enough to see the rest of us treated however any government goon sees fit.
Byron York has a great article referenced on Drudge
Did you know that airports are NOT required to have TSA agents? They can privatize and opt out of the TSA Kabuki Dance ? Learned something new today.
Republican representative John Mica, one of the authors of the original TSA bill has urged the heads of 150 airports to opt out of the TSA system.
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